Thursday, March 16, 2017

Making a Difference.

I have seen such love this week as our church has gone through a loss. As our community of women, Glow, has gone through a great loss. An outpouring of love and grace, of “I see you, I hurt with you, I’m here with you in this”. No magic words have been spoken, no waving of any wand that heals all hurts, nothing like that. But arms have been outstretched. Human arms of flesh and bone anointed by the Spirit of the Living God to become the arms of Jesus, wrapping around a family, saying “you are not alone in this”.

How little it takes to make a difference for good. Sometimes we don’t know how to help in hard times, and that is natural. We want to fix things! So many things can’t be fixed. They can only be healed over time, with God leading the way on a healing path, with Jesus holding our hands, even holding us, as we travel on it. I have found one of the greatest ways to “help” as those around us have to go down that hard way is to simply travel along the path with our people. Pick up any rocks we see along the way they would trip on. Stopping to cry when they cry. Stopping to find a bright spot to rejoice in when they do. No judgment, no agenda. Just love and companionship. You’re not alone. You’re not alone. You’re not alone.

You can make a difference today, this week, this year by simply doing that. Travel along with. It may not seem like much in the moment, but it makes a mighty difference along the way.

We spoke in Glow on Tuesday how it is an honor to rejoice with those who rejoice. Romans 12:15: “Be happy with those who are happy…” What an honor to do that! Marriages and anniversaries and fun family events! So many things to rejoice in with one another. The verse continues on to say: “…and weep with those who weep.”

That is also an honor.

It is an honor to walk through dark valleys with our brothers and sisters in Christ. A privilege. Because we get a chance to show the great, unconditional love of Christ with one another in these times. We get to share. Grief, sorrow, hopelessness. We get to lighten the load of those things on each others’ shoulders as we walk along together.

Together. It makes a difference.