2015-02-05 - Tragedy
John 6:33 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
A plane crashed in Taiwan today. It is way to early to know with any degree of certainty what caused the crash. The one thing that is certain is people have been seriously injured and others have died themselves or lost loved ones.
I was recently asked what someone can say to another who has suffered the loss of someone close to them. I was pretty much speechless. There is a lot of truth in the idea that just being there is at least as important as any words that can be said. Making sure they know you're available to that person, and being available when they need to walk, or talk, or cry or scream and rant. What do you say? Even when they start talking there is a lot of listening to do through their pain and grief.
What do we do? First, we pray. The most powerful tool in the hands of a Christian is prayer for these hurting people. What are your gifts? Are you good with kids? Can you watch theirs while they deal with funeral arrangements, etc.? Do you cook? Prepare a meal and drop it off. Ask for groceries they might need. Helping to cover the daily bits of life that need to be done can be a good place to start. Ask them how you can help.
Let them know they are loved. Jeremiah was told by the Lord - "I have loved you with an everlasting love; …" In John 14:3 we are told that Jesus prepared a place in Heaven for those who have placed their faith in Him. If you want to know more about this, please contact one of us or find a local church. They often have people on staff that can help.
There's so much more to this topic than can be covered here. For some this may be a starting point to go further into a lay ministry like Stephen Ministries or a visiting ministry at your church. Christ created us, and loves us. If we can learn to share that caring we can be used to make a difference in people's lives and eternities.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.