It is hard to keep a grateful attitude and spirit when someone you love is very ill and you still have to go on with life. There is still work, bills to pay, groceries to buy and all the details of daily life.
Even with faith in God, experiencing the decline of someone you love is painful. This can be a time when a person feels very alone on the journey, and may be too depressed or in grief and pain to reach out for the help they need.
Christians need to reach out in their churches, in their workplace and neighborhoods, to those that are hurting from loss. Be the Jesus for them, by being present with them. Let your light shine by your example and love. Give the gift of acceptance, be one with them in their pain and grief.
Our society is not comfortable with the thought of death and dying. We know what to say to congradulate someone when there is a wedding or a birthday. What do we say when we know somone is seriously ill, or has a fanily member who is ill?
If you really want to help, give the person the gift of listening. Let them tell stories they remember about the person. if they are in the mood to talk, give the gift of your time.
Death is a reminder that we came naked into this world, and that is how we leave. The ability to talk, to move, to be an independent and active person in the world is lost.
The ability to hold a job, to suceed by any of the worldly measures of wealth, possessions or power, is gone. There is a stripping away of all the temporary unessentials of life, to leave the spirit to focus on Jesus and coming Home.
(C) Janet Riley, 2012. I know God as a personal God who communicates with us, if we listen. I am starting on a Christian writing career and open to where God leads me. Please review my other articles at FaithWriters. I would like to hear from you. Please email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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