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Weekly devotional: Helping the hurt

Oct. 1, 2021

Contributed by Kalani Wong

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
Eia hou, Ke ʻōlelo aku nei hoʻi au iā ʻoukou,
 inā paha ʻelua o ʻoukou ma ka honua nei
e manaʻo like i kekahi mea a lāua e noi ai,
e hāʻawi ʻia aku hoʻi ia na lāua e koʻu Makua i ka lani.
No ka mea, ma kahi e hālāwai ai nā mea
ʻelua a ʻekolu paha ma koʻu inoa,
ma laila hoʻi au i waena pū me lākou.
- Mataio 18:19-20

Jesus said, “Again, truly I tell you that if two
of you on earth agree about anything they ask for,
it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
For where two or three gather in my name, 
there am I with them.”
- Matthew 18:19-20

He manaʻo o ke kahu
This has been a difficult start to the school year. We’ve had so many family members of haumāna and staff who have passed. The pain has been felt by immediate family members as well as those who want to reach out and just don’t know what to say or do. There’s a Swedish proverb that helps in times like this, “Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.”

By sharing the pain, you are helping carry the load of the person hurting. We have gone through our own struggles and ke Akua was there to help us bear that burden. That gives us the ability and the strength to know how we can support others as they go through their afflictions.

Compassion is defined as, “concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others,” and is the gift that allows us to be open to the hurts of others. When you are full of compassion, you just need to be there for the hurting. As you stand alongside of them, let your aloha shine forth. That may be all that your hoaloha needs. No fancy words, no grand gestures, just pure aloha. Let ke Akua be the source of the aloha for then it will be true.

Lastly, lift it all up in pule, for your friend, so he or she may be comforted, and for you as you seek to comfort. Let all that you do be through the strength that only God can give. May this pule by Carrie Marrs, author at, speak for all those needing comfort. See their website for more inspirational prayers.

“Lord, You hear Your people when they call to You for help, and help them in their trouble. You rescue those whose spirits are crushed and comfort those who mourn. I feel shattered and empty, consumed by my pain. Find me in the darkness and hold me close to Your heart. I know You are able to carry me through anything. Give me hope that things will get better, and that You will heal me and make me whole. Make me patient and able to endure this pain. Help me not to be overwhelmed and paralyzed. Help me take my next step in Your strength.“ — Carrie Marrs

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