There is a season for everything and a time for every purpose under heaven – including a time to keep silence and a time to speak. So instructed king Solomon (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7). He also notes in Proverbs 25:11 (CEV), “The right word at the right time is like precious gold set in silver.”

Each verse speaks to the importance of timing. If we are unaware of the right time to be silent and the right time to speak, we can find ourselves in the unenviable position of saying the “right” words at the wrong time, and hurting those we are attempting to help.

One of the seasons in which this error is common is during seasons of grief. I have heard of and been the recipient of words intended to comfort that did nothing of the sort. Words such as, “God knows what He is doing,” are true but immediately after a loss occurs and someone is drowning in grief, may not be the right time to say those words.  “I am sorry,” or “I do not know what to say,” may be better options.//

Let us ask God for wisdom so that we can become better at saying the right words at the right time, especially to those who are hurting. We will not always get it right but we can become better comforters, unlike Job’s friends. The song, “Not Right Now,” sung by Jason Gray, is one of my favorite songs about responding to those who are grieving.

I am joining (on a Monday) the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Right.” The content after the // was added after the allotted 5 minutes had expired.