Let’s face it; life can be hard at times. The Body of Christ should be proactively finding ways on how to help when life is hard. It’s important for us to be aware, and active in helping others in their time of need. Here are a few suggestions I’ve put together for you when you’re not sure what to do.
How to Help When Life is Hard
Pray. Don’t just say we are. Taking someone’s burdens to the Lord is powerful!
Be mindful that each family is unique and handles things differently.
Be available when needed
Be sensitive to medical concerns. Don’t visit when you’re sick.
Show love instead of casting judgments, opinions or questions.
Be okay with not understanding.
Remember; sometimes the journey is long. It’s easy to be available right at first, but that’s when everything can feel overwhelming. Send a note or make a phone call to say, you still remember, care, and are available.
Invite them for an hour out to chat over coffee (and don’t be offended if plans changed or canceled due to “life” happening)
Offer child care for other children. Be understanding if the children are acting out. Remember; it takes a toll on every member of the household, even the little ones.
Share a meal. (Don’t forget about special diets and allergies)
Send a care package to the hospital when there are overnight hospital stays. Don’t know what to pack? Here’s an idea!
PACK- Pack one item that is purposeful, appealing, comforting and a keepsake
P- Purposeful. Pack something that may have been forgotten such as socks, water bottle, mouthwash, or a prepaid credit card for the cafeteria.
A- Appealing. Add an item that makes it appealing to the senses. Such as a lovely package, scented soap, soothing music, etc.
C- Comforting. If you know me very well at all you know that means, pack chocolate. Hand lotion would be another comfort item. Think about unique ideas that will provide support to the person you’re creating this care package for.
K- Keepsake. Packing a pen and paper or nice journal may be the perfect gift for some. Others may prefer a small photo album to document the special moments.
Don’t forget the men! Husbands/fathers are hurting too. The men often have an incredible amount of pressure to provide and protect. Don’t forget their need to be encouraged by other men in the Church.
Display grace with a willing heart to love someone right where they are. After all, that’s what Christ has done for each of us.
But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (1 Co 12:24–26). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Do you have an idea to add to this list? I’d love to hear!
Until our next chat,
Mrs. Joseph Wood