“How Can Our Church Help The Ill?” is Good Question
Regardless of what you may believe, it is a widely accepted assumption that when it comes to having a chronic illness having a church help out with things like meals, housework, or yard care is one of the benefits of this community. Many of those who live with an invisible illness, however, find it rare for a church to help, especially in the practical matters.
As a Christian, I am sad to admit that as churches have grown larger, I see most people with invisible illnesses falling through the cracks. Where we used to send out a pastor, deacon, or other leader in the church to find out the practical needs of the one who is ill–as well as spiritual concerns–we now flippantly say, “Oh, I will pray about that for you.”
Instead of saying, “Would you like some company while you wait for the test results?” We say, “I will pray the results are good.”
Instead of saying, “Would you like me to bring over some meals?” We say, “I will pray you are able to afford some help.”
Oh, I prayed about that for her. I am sure something will work out. And prayer is the best gift I can give, right?” (wink)
When members of a church help out one who is suffering with emotional and physical pain, it is a wonderful gift. If you have a friend with a chronic illness, and you attend a church, take a minute to ask, “How can our church help you through this? What do you feel is lacking in our understanding? Outreach? Availability and accessibility of events for those with invisible illnesses?”
She will appreciate it.
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