How To Help Those In Need

How To Help Those In Need

 

How To Help Those In Need

On Monday, we heard about and then grieved the loss of life in Las Vegas. As of when I’m writing this, 59 people have died and 510 were injured. Of course, everyone there was affected. It’s hard to imagine.

There’s so much on my mind.

We can’t prevent every tragedy, but we can love well. So let’s let people know we care. We love. We like.

Make eye contact. Smile. Ask how they’re doing and care enough to listen to what they say. When people ask us, we can answer their questions.

We can offer comfort. Be present. We can listen. Sympathize. Empathize.

We can share. Talk. Ask. Tell stories.

We can see needs and help before being asked. We can let others help us.

Reach out. We can let others reach in to us.

We can look for the lonely and sit by them. Listen. Talk. Just be present.

We can comfort the hurting by listening. By offering support. Maybe by connecting them to those who can help.

We can “weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15) We don’t need to question or analyze their tears. Just share them.

We can hug and smile.

We can ask “How can I help?” instead of “Can I help?” We can keep asking “How can I help?” until they let us.

We can be careful to not share verses like “God is close to the brokenhearted” (Psalm 34:18) unless we stay close, too. And, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) unless we welcome them to come to us, too.

Finally, in good times and bad, let’s be who we know we can be and let’s do what we can do.

Uniting In Christ

Uniting In Christ

 

Uniting In Christ

Did you read last Monday’s blog, Give The Gift of a Car? In it, I told the beautiful story about friends from a church who decided to give me a car.

I commented that the church is most beautiful when it’s being the church. For example, check out these “one-another” passages that were written to the church:

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

“Encourage one another and build each other up.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

These verses describe my friends well. They are beautiful people from a beautiful church.

In several ways last week, I observed another beautiful scene – the unity of Christ. Like me, do you sometimes grieve denominational differences? I understand them, but I grieve still the same, especially when they become barriers and not just differences. I grieve even more the differences that can exist within one church.

Uniting In Christ

Last Week’s Rally

Last week, my friend Suzanne and I attended a rally in Charlotte, NC, sponsored by Love Life Charlotte held outside the City Hall. www.lovelifecharlotte.com  This pro-life group works to prevent abortion at a large “women’s center” in Charlotte. The center’s director petitioned the city to change the parking laws on their street. If passed, it will mean mobile ultrasound units can’t park there. That will mean missed opportunities to save babies so we were there to remind the mayor and other voted officials that many people in Charlotte value life.

Uniting In Christ

Walking back to our car after the rally and our time in the City Council Chambers, Suzanne and I talked about the crowd. There were men and women. There were children, teens, and adults. Different races were represented. At one point, five pastors representing different denominations linked arms and worshipped together. Prayers were offered by different people. Tears were in our eyes often and it wasn’t just because we were praying that God would save babies. The unity of Christ was precious. It is precious.

Uniting In Christ

Two days later, I spoke at chapel at Charlotte Christian School. www.charlottechristian.com That night I spoke to parents. From their website: The student population of more than 1,083 reflects a geographical, denominational, racial and ethnic diversity. The unity of Christ was compelling. I was impressed with the faculty, staff, and students. Their joy was obvious. The Spirit was active.

Uniting In Christ

God Tells Us

In Ephesians 4:1-7, we read this:

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”

Psalm 131 is beautiful:

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes!

It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.”

 

This week, I want to be part of the unity. How about you?