People who have been deeply wounded are often the most sensitive to others who are hurting. Those of us who turn to Jesus and receive His comfort become a blessing as we pass this comfort on to others who are struggling as we did.
Although we trust in Jesus and look forward to our eternal home with Him, mourning is a very appropriate response to our present sorrow and loss. Many mighty men of God mourned and grieved: the righteous Job, Jeremiah the prophet, king David and the other psalmists, the apostle Paul and our Lord Jesus Himself, who was a “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” He told us, “Blessed are those who mourn; for they shall be comforted.”
Most of our friends in the care homes are in mourning because of their significant losses; not only of spouses, but of life as they knew it and retirement as they planned it. Most of us who minister to them have been given a deep compassion for them because of our own experience of suffering and loss.
Our mourning is not continual despairing; for in our valleys of loss and grief, our God of all comfort meets us with His loving words of life. As we turn to Him, He gives us the grace and courage to press on in His love.
As you show great kindness born out of the comfort you have received from the Lord, you have a transformative impact on the lives of residents. As you share the grace of Jesus with them, His redemptive love meets them at the point of their deepest needs! What a joy to see how the Lord comforts and even transforms these wounded hearts, from despairing to hopeful; from anger to peace; from fearfulness to contentment.
We know of many instances where residents, who were despondent from the blows of life’s painful trials, received strength and encouragement through the love and promises of Jesus. They are then able to share these treasures with others – like wounded soldiers reaching out to share the healing love of God with fellow wounded soldiers. It is a great joy to see and hear the examples of compassion residents have shown each other. In the following pages, we have included a few stories of some of these wounded healers.
I am honored to serve with you in this great mission field.
Please always remember what our Lord has said:
“Whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”~ Proverbs 14:31
~ Chaplain Bill
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Your attitude should be the same
as that of Christ Jesus.”
~ Philippians 2:1-5