CHURCH FAMILY SUPPORT
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another. Hebrews 10:25a NIV
Wow, that was a horrible accident! Thank God we survived that! I can’t believe we made it! These are some common reactions when we look back to a time in our lives when we were involved in an accident or a very difficult situation. But do we look back to those who were there for us and do we show our appreciation for their love and support?
Our pastor was not sure we would make it alive when he first saw us in the Emergency Room. My wife and I were nearly killed in an automobile accident. We often wondered why God spared us. This disruption occurred on November 10, 2019. We were in Hospital and Care Centers until we were discharged on the day after Christmas - 46 days later. Even after this we had Home Health Care for another month and the day I wrote this, four months after the accident I am still being treated for wounds in my legs.
In the days and weeks after our automobile accident we experienced support from our church family and Christian friends which encouraged us greatly. We were surrounded by a broad base of praying friends who brought our needs before our Heavenly Father. Our Hospital and Care Center rooms were always decorated with flowers. Roses, carnations, poinsettias, and Christmas décor reminded us we were loved and missed. We had so many flowers that we gave some away to others. Numerous cards with personal notes brightened our days. But the greatest lift of all came from visits from our pastor, board members, youth club leaders, friends and relatives. Some came multiple times and took care of our personal needs.
My wife and I tried to process what happened, as do all who go through such events.
We often reflected on why the visits from Christian friends meant so much to us in the long days of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and various medical procedures. Our friends reminded us of a God who spared us and is taking care of us.
The exhortation in Hebrews 10:25 recognizes the value of church family support like that which encouraged us during our time away from church fellowship.
A Christian is never alone.
Seeds of friendship God has sown.
In a church there is great power
Which can be used at any hour.
When we could not assemble with our local church, they came to us.
Have you had a time when a local church helped you through a difficult season?