Love demands my presence. It starts by moving towards the older person in my congregation with the expectation of mutual encouragement and friendship, not just care-giving. It requires time, planning and making sure I have a stock of lateral flow tests. With all the demands of the week, I need to be willing to slow down and really see this person as Christ sees them.
Health is a good gift from God. But good things have a habit of becoming god-things.
Anna is a mental health nurse who is part of your church family. How can you love Anna well?
Loving Heavenly Father,
Thank you for our key workers – for those who are serving so sacrificially in this pandemic, day by day.
In times of danger, be their refuge and rock.
As exhaustion sets in, uphold them with your powerful hand.
In the face of trauma, bring their minds peace.
As they miss family and friends, surround them with your love.
In moments of grief, provide them with comfort.
And, as they face despair, lavish them with hope
So that they can know, even on the hardest of days, you are good and they are safe in your everlasting arms.
How does a tired and weary church community continue to care well and respond constructively?