Lord, You saw the meltdown this morning. So hard. Oh Lord, what am I to do when a family member has a meltdown?
God’s Word to us: Listen. Be patient with them. And hear their concerns. They are all wrapped up in it then. You can enter in and be that safe person. When you walk away, like you so often do, then they are all alone. And that is where the self-loathing begins. I know it is painful, but stay close by them when they meltdown. And when you need help to do this, pray. I will give you the inner strength and determination you need. Thank you for asking this really important question.
“May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.” Romans 15:5-7
“We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father.” Colossians 1:11
My Heart’s Cry is for us to have the courage to stay during a meltdown when it’s easier to leave. Pray for inner strength and determination.
How many times have you been like I have and run away, when really you should have stayed to just be there and listen. Who better to love them? I don’t want it to spin into anything worse, like self-loathing, because that has a whole new set of problems. But I only have what I have to give at that moment. It’s hard to give care and hang in there when I’m feeling depleted. Below are two prayers from the Bible verses of today’s post. I’ve changed them so we can pray them for ourselves. I hope it is useful.
Dear God, you give me patience and encouragement. Help me live in harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. I need help accepting them as Christ has accepted me, so God will be given glory.
I also pray I will be strengthened with all your glorious power, so I will have all the endurance and patience I need. May I be filled with joy, always thanking you, my Father. God, please remember I’ve prayed this prayer today, because I’m going to need all this help again, the next time my loved one has a melt down. Thank you for caring so much.
In Jesus name, Amen.