There are those times in life where my heart is so overwhelmed with feelings that no words will come. I just don’t know what to say. My heart is full of compassion for someone, grief for someone, love for someone.
The words won’t come.
What do you say to someone who just lost everything in a tornado or a fire? What do you say to someone who just lost a child? What do you say to someone who just found out they are terminally ill?
You can say, “I’m so sorry.” And I have. But those words just don’t seem to be big enough to wrap around a moment as big as these. They don’t seem deep enough. Heartfelt enough.
Yet, they are heard. And they ARE felt. I know. For I have heard them at times when I needed to hear them. When I was going through hard times of my own. And they do matter. They do count.
I also believe that when your heart is so enlarged by emotion that it has a choke-hold on your words – that expressions of those feelings work just as well (if not better) than words. Make a meal. Give a hug. Write a check. Do something. Even if it seems so small and so little in the big scheme of things.
Sometimes there just aren’t any words that feel right. When that happens, let your heart do the talking instead.