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I had the joy of experiencing what the church is really all about these last few weeks. I’ve spent a lot of time in the hospital visiting sick folks in my role as a minister—to the point that I actually like hospital food. But, thank God, I’ve been healthy for my adult life and have never had to stay in the hospital myself. So, it was a new experience to be in the hospital with my wife for part of three days and have church folks drop by and visit. We got to see for ourselves how nice it is to have people come by just to let you know that they were thinking about you. Then when we came home the love from the church family continued with people dropping in at home, sending cards, calling, and best of all—bringing food by for a weary mom and dad (there’s a reason why people have kids when they are much younger than we are!). I thought that it was very ironic that one family who brought us food was the very family who we had taken food to a few weeks ago when they were sick: the circle of blessing was complete.

All of this got me thinking about the church at its best: we not only share in the worship of God but in the event of our lives—good and bad. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 speaks of this: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” We are called upon as a church to take the comfort and healing which we receive from God and comfort others who are troubled. If you are going through something there is probably somebody in the church who has already been through that who can help you. If you have been through something, the time will come when you will be able to help someone else. When you are sick there will be someone there to visit you and bring a nice pot of chicken and dumplings—when you are well, there will be someone to take a meal to. That’s the church at its best.

I really feel bad for people who don’t have a church family to share the joys and sorrows of life with.  It’s sad when a couple is searching for a building to get married in because they have no church family, or even worse, when they are buried and there is nobody to mourn with and minister to the family.  Sure, church families can be a pain at times, just like biological families, but for the most part they are literally the body of Christ, sharing in the compassion that they have received from God.

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