Don’t Let Them Suffer Alone (How to Help the Sick)
Then he (Jesus) sent them to tell about God’s kingdom and to heal the sick. – Luke 9:2 (CEV)
Everywhere Jesus went people cried out to him for healing. After he left this earth his apostles were also known for healing the sick. Sickness is universal—everyone will fall ill it at some point and time. The opportunities to help the infirm, the sick, the suffering are everywhere. In many hospitals, nursing homes and hospice centers people feel lonelier than ever.
Image a world where no one was left to suffer alone. Where love and care were lavished on those ailing from illness or injury. It can start with you:
- Go visit someone in a hospital or nursing home
- Send a card or flowers
- Pick up the phone and make a call
- Cook a meal
- Offer to clean house
A modern example of someone who is known for caring for the sick is Mother Teresa. Her simple goal was to help “the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for.” Over the course of her life she would be instrumental in starting leper colonies, nursing and hospice homes, family clinics and mobile health units. Her ministry ended up reaching millions of people.
While you may not have the reach as Mother Teresa you can still make a difference. Begin where you are at, the next time you hear of a friend or acquaintance being sick or injured make an offer to help them. Be the one who reaches out, taking the initiate, and going the distance. The simplest acts can mean the world to someone in need of love.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth:
1 — Read Matthew 4:23-25 and Act 5:14-16.
2 — Of the 37 miracles recorded in the Bible 26 are healing miracles. Why do you think this is? What lesson can you get from this emphasis on healing the sick?