I confess I'm not very good with knowing what to say to people who are hurting -- sometimes I'm not even a very good listener. I'm a bit like the stereotypical male in that I always want to fix things when people tell me about their problems, and if I can't do that I feel useless. But I know that's not the right approach when someone is right in the middle of a bad situation and needs a shoulder to cry on. By God's grace I hope to learn better how to just be there for my friends and listen to them sympathetically, without always feeling the need to offer advice (unless it's asked for -- and sometimes I know I'd be wiser to keep my mouth shut even then). I hope you'll bear with me when I mess up in this regard.
Right now, I just want to say to all of you how sorry I am that you're feeling this way, and that I'm making a list of your names and needs so I can pray specifically for each one of you. I know that many of you don't share my particular spiritual beliefs and convictions and so you might not find this of much comfort, but I believe that each and every one of you is a precious soul made in the image of God, and that no matter how worthless or rotten you may feel, you have infinite value in His sight.
I also believe God has a purpose in every one of your lives, even if neither you nor I knows what it is or can see the road ahead clearly just now. And most of all, I believe that God loved you so much that He sent His Son to die on the cross for you. You are not junk, you are not a waste of space, you are not worthless, even if other ignorant human beings may treat you that way.
I can say from my own experience that you are a tremendously intelligent, clever, articulate and talented group of people, with skills and gifts that I truly
Heartfelt *hugs* to you all.