Last week was hard. This week is hard. I look out into my community to see crying hearts pleading to be heard, to be seen.
It feels like we are on a never-ending merry-go-around. Instances happen. Emotions erupt. Statements are made. Peace eventually comes. After a period of time the next instance occurs. When will it end? Who is the next name on the list?
Each time the division grows wider and wider. Voices become louder. Community is fractured further.
Grief is hard. The heart desires to be ‘get over it’ but knows it can only learn to live through it. Words spoken with good intention don’t seem to help. In a special way silent presence is the most comforting thing one can do.
Now is a time to not continue the arguments to win the debate. We must come together as a community to reach out to those who are hurting. We need to show up & serve.
Showing Up and Serving takes the form of donating household goods for families who are not able to get to a store.
Showing Up & Serving takes the form sitting beside another listening to their story. It does not try to ‘fix things’ but simply listening and learning.
Showing Up & Serving takes the form of cleaning up as the community begins to rebuild.
The pain will not disappear in one day. But right now, today, we can show up to sit with another as they process their pain. We can share love in silent action of serving & being present.
As you go about your day see those in your life who are hurting. Show up for them. Share love in silent presence. Share love in prayer. Serve them how ever they need in the moment.
Brothers and sisters let us bring our community back together through love. Let us as resolved followers of Jesus Christ show up for one another in love. Words are not required. Our presence shares God’s love.
This Week’s Challenge
Show up and serve one in your community. Serve as they have need in that moment.