"By then he was already very ill, and yet he walked straight as a ramrod with his face like a mask, seemingly under control. He walked at the head of that tragic procession, carrying the youngest child in one arm and leading a second young one by the hand. The children were dressed in their holiday best. They wore blue denim uniforms. The whole cortege advanced four by four, buoyantly, rhythmically and with dignity to Umschlagsplatz- to the square of death!"
~Irena SendlerowaEphesians 5:2 tells us to "walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God". Some days, we are called to act, to make grand gestures and participate in things larger than ourselves and change the world around us. But some days? Some days the best we can offer (and exactly what is needed) is just to walk beside them. To be aware and bear witness and hold the hand of the defenseless, to walk in the way of love is the our sacrifice to God. Because sacrifice doesn't always involve changing circumstances in order to save lives or change the world... sometimes the sacrifice is in the pain of knowing. It hurts to walk beside someone because, in doing so, you are putting yourself in the midst of the pain and danger. But your presence--your awareness-- is the best you can offer some days.
So just walk beside them.