Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Already Taken Care Of

"I can enlist people to bring the food."

"Already taken care of."

"I can go clean their house."

"Already taken care of."

"I can..."

"Already taken care of."

My friend was ready to do just about anything to help but, alas, virtually everything was "already taken care of."

Life is often excruciating. Such is the case with a wonderful family whose 19-year-old son was recently killed in an auto accident. Then... quietly pokes its head out from the ashes. It comes in the form of friends who do their best to discover needs, then make sure that they are "already taken care of."


Eternal Lizdom said...

I have a friend who has been dealing with her husband's health crisis for the past 2 months. She has an amazing support group and the family's needs were taken care of- meals, house cleaning, outings for their daughter, etc. All the love she has poured into the community was returned tenfold.

And it left me with "nothing to do."

Except the greatest gift that I can give- prayer. I can always pray for someone.

She knows that she can call on me when there is a gap that needs to be filled. And she knows that I am praying for her and adding her to our church's prayer requests on a regular basis.

There is never nothing to do... because there is always prayer.


Allowing others to "give to you" in these times is difficult, but humbling. It forces one to see the blessings of God - even in the face of such pain. Only God can provide the "peace that passeth all understanding" at these times, and the Love of God through His children stays in ones heart forever. Don't ever think that whatever small (to you) thing you do goes un-noticed. It's held in ones heart forever... PTLA

Sam said...

Liz, as usual, you wisdom is profound. The broken trail of your life has taught you so much about what to do in times of crisis. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Chewie, you have also walked a lonely, broken path at times. Thanks for helping us see it from the side of someone who received in your deep time of need.