“I’m so sorry you lost your son, we lost our dog last year … ”
“At least it’s not as bad as … ”
“You’ll be stronger when this is over.”
“God works in all things for good!”
Give the person struggling through trauma the dignity of discovering and owning for himself where, and if, hope endures.
"Nietzsche famously said, 'Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.' … What he failed to stress is that it almost kills you.”
Catherine Woodiwiss is Associate Web Editor at Sojourners. Find her on Twitter @chwoodiwiss. This piece originally appeared in Catapult magazine's January issue, Ten Things.
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