communication, family, prayer, surgery

Come Along

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 The Message (MSG)

3-5 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. 

Men know what a come along is – it is a hand operated winch with a ratchet used to pull objects.  It lightens the load.

We women need a come along at times too.

Many come alongs

I knew but failed to do anything.

My friend shared in church her gratitude for prayers, cards, and phone calls during the recent loss of her brother. I said a prayer for her but failed to send a card or telephone.  Not even a text!  It is not like I am so busy – my grandson would say – “you are retired Nana!”

Why do we stay so busy that we don’t do the important? 

When my husband had shoulder surgery – he received many cards and phone calls from family and friends.  Facebook was a great source to notify many both near and far.

The day of surgery I texted family and all those I could think of to let them know surgery went well.  Many don’t like the group texts so I tried to text each individually.  Most responded back that day and the next day to see how he was doing. 

Great come alongs

But by the third day there were no calls, no texts.  I was exhausted from not sleeping well for three nights and weary from my home nurse duties – making sure the meds were taken on time, he was doing the exercises and preparing meals, along with my regular household chores.

It was Saturday morning and the phone rang.  Robyn asked “How is John?”  I told her and she assured me, “We are praying for him!”  A brief conversation – but it meant the world to me.  Someone does still care.  She was volunteering at a church ball game serving food – but she took the time to call and express her concern.

It doesn’t take a great deal of effort – just a few minutes to share in someone’s world. Lord please help me to be a Robyn – she also sent a card!

Two of my favorite come alongs.

Please join me in being an encourager – a come along.  A handwritten card is great – but if you are not able to do that, at least call, send a text or message someone on Facebook. I know how an unexpected call or text can be just what someone needs to lighten their load.

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