I feel powerless knowing I can't take away their pain. None of us can. That's one of the hard parts about life and love and family and friendship.
Perhaps you've been there, watching people you love hurting and wanting with all of your heart to switch places with them and make it better. What do you do when you can't? When life demands everyone walk through the mess it's handing them?
The only thing I've been able to figure out is to show up. A text. A call. A visit. A meal. A care package. A listening ear. Sometimes it feels like it's not enough, but according to the ones suffering, it's appreciated and makes them feel loved. That's one of people's greatest needs — to be loved. It's comforting to know that something I can do will meet a deep need, even if it can't change the situation.