Traditions, and everything-as-usual, flies out the window when you are suffering with illness or disease during the holiday season. I should know because I suffered greatly through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter in 2010 & 11. I am a cancer survivor.
Over the next five days, I want to share with you how you can help ease the sadness and pain of a suffering friend or loved one during this holiday season. God has equipped you for this good work: you have opportunity to be His hands and feet and give the comfort that is so dearly needed.
“Carry each other’s burden, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Illness is a burden.
Disease is a burden.
Both renders the one afflicted, weak.
And the one afflicted needs help carrying the weight of the every day life that is suddenly too heavy to carry alone.
What does this mean?
Meet your loved one at their level of need. Often times that means making yourself available to do the mundane – the physical load that they are too weak to do.
The laundry, the dishes, the shopping, the meals. There is no mystery about it. It is the daily-do’s.
“…we received at least one hundred and four meals,…my hands could not run under cold water or manipulate knives very safely,and as my nausea and fatigue plastered me to the couch more days than I liked, I was blessed by the hands of many, many people who prepared and labored to ensure that my family had good meals to eat.” P.47 Towdah:A Cancer Survivor’s Song of Hope
The simple act of offering a meal had more impact than you might think.
It gave me peace of mind; one less thing for me to think about.
I was able to take that nap I needed.
The burden of meal making was lifted off of me!
Do you know someone who needs a burden carried this holiday season?
Consider how God has equipped you to help carry the burden. Be God’s hands and feet.
In this simple act you will fulfill the law of Christ, loving your neighbor as yourself, and give hope to the one who is suffering.
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