Monthly Reflection – July 2014
Dear all I hope you are well,
Before you have a read of this month’s reflection I have some happy news to tell you- I am pleased to announce that Natasha and I are expecting our second child in the new year! I would ask that you all lift us up in prayer as a family at this exciting and busy time and especially Natasha who is suffering with ‘Morning Sickness.’
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
37 ‘Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you ill or in prison and go to visit you?”
40 ‘The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Many years ago I was at our church youth club (Yes that long ago) when during one of the activities one of my friends was standing on a chair (I cannot remember why) He was accidentally knocked off of the chair and fell through a window of the church. When he picked himself up it was clear that he was seriously hurt, his arm had been sliced open and he was pumping blood all over himself and the floor of the church! It was an arterial bleed which some of you will know means it was a very fast and strong bleed. I was the only person in the room who reacted to the accident- I grabbed my friend placed my hand over the bleed and raised his arm over my head. We were only a two minute walk from our local Accident and Emergency department so off we went across the road into the Hospital grounds eventually arriving in A+E- which was packed! As we walked through the door the entire waiting room turned to look at us- and a woman screamed. We were ushered through into the treatment area where my hand was removed and my friend treated- I am happy to say that I had managed to stop the bleeding and my friend Andrew made a full recovery! What I hadn’t realised was why everyone had looked at us as we walked into A+E; I didn’t know until I looked in the mirror when I got home that is! I was covered in my friends blood- my hair, face, t-shirt, trousers, socks and shoes were covered in dried blood- I did look quite a sight! I was more shocked myself about how I looked than anyone else- but it was nothing that a mug of sweet tea (Supplied by my parents) and some help from the shower in the bath room couldn’t sort out! But it didn’t matter to me how I looked at that point- I had done what needed to be done and helped my friend- at the moment he needed someone the most I had stepped up, used my first aid skills and had made that difference!
I will pose a question to you- can you imagine what would have happened if we had done nothing? If everyone in the church had stood by and looked on while Andrew bled all over himself and the floor? We could have all pointed at each other and said ‘You help him’ or ‘I am not a Doctor’ Of course we could have called 999 and awaited an Ambulance- how long would they have taken to arrive-who knows? Would they have arrived in time?
Just like first aid as Christians we need to be there for people- we need to provide ‘First Aid’ when someone comes to us in need- in the scripture above Jesus talks of providing various differing types of assistance to people- all of those things could be the difference to someone between life and death- just like doing first aid to someone who is ill or injured!
Sometimes the need presents itself to us in a quiet moment when we are in a small group or with someone- on the other hand it can present itself in a canteen full of people or in a busy Custody suite when someone says ‘I need you to pray for me’ or ‘I need some advice/help’
What should our response be? It should of course be – ‘Yes of course, shall we pray now?’ or ‘What can I do to help?’ I know that it can be hard to step up and put yourself out there in front of people- But I would ask if it was you in desperate need would you want help straight away. Think of it this way- God has put you there for a reason- that reason is to help that person!
We know that we can’t make the difference on our own- we know that Jesus Christ is the answer to those in need- but we do need to be there taking his love and message out into the world as it says here-
‘For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.’ 2 Corinthians 4:5.
So friends I would say to you- Don’t worry what you look like or how many people are watching; you don’t have to be a Minister, Elder or Leader to help someone- Step up, make a difference and practice Gods own version of first aid!