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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

28 March 2014: David Storey, All saint's, Steep

Words really can help so much

As I sit down to write this I try to think what would be helpful to say. It is so easy to find oneself lost for words. And yet so often people need words.

Just an acknowledgement helps so often when people have lost a partner or suddenly been diagnosed with bad news.

We need to care less about saying what we think might be the wrongs words and care more for someone who would appreciate just an acknowledgement of how they may be feeling.

A survey has shown that those who are begging or selling the Big Issue are more hurt by deliberate avoidance than by not giving. People need acknowledging as people, even if you don't feel like helping with money at this time. It has been wonderful recently to see the response to Comic Relief. It shows that we are are caring society.

That makes me think that I want to say a big thank you to all those who are anonymous talkers and listeners on help lines such as the Samaritans. Although there are so many more lines relating to those who have lost partners, got a medical condition that is worrying when you feel on your own or if you are caring for someone with some condition such as Alzheimer's or cancer.

But we must not leave it to others. We need to practice sharing words with others, even if it starts as only a "hello".

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