“And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you he shall not lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42
Are words the only caring tools we can use?
I knocked on the door and waited. I wondered if I was really doing any good using the tools I was using? Seems like I had to wait longer certain times than others, but eventually the door was answered and I sat down in a comfy chair. Leaving more than an hour later, I pondered…What had I done for that time? Basically I listened and asked questions, at times sharing Scripture and at times praying. It didn’t seem like much , but the elderly lady I visited enjoyed it greatly. It didn’t seem like much, but it meant a great deal to her as she wasn’t able to get around to socialize very much.
In addition to the first two already discussed; the third tool is ‘Affirmation or Blessing.” This tool reminds us who is in charge and working, assuring people that God is still with them; and gives comfort to people, encouragement, and helps to train our thoughts. In addition to being positive, affirmations need to be based on truth to be effective. Formal written prayers or affirming words, or just using verses written out are effective; read or memorized. (Numbers 6:24-26,2 Corinthians 13:14, Philippians 4:7-examples) It depends on the situation. Even something like “God bless you and be with you. May He shower you with His hope, joy and peace.” Consider the person’s needs and your preferences as well. If you speak with assurance and conviction, it will come across in your words. This is a very encouraging Christian resource. Click this link for some more examples.
Furthermore, besides our words, talking and sharing with someone, or praying with them, gluing them altogether are the actual actions. Even though it is easy to say we care about someone, deeds usually demonstrate the truthfulness of our words. It just means doing simple things like taking a meal to someone, giving them a ride, giving them a drink, taking them shopping, going out for coffee, etc. All these type of ‘acts’ are an important tool for giving support or care; however, not only are they for seniors, but any others going through difficulty as well. Supporting with our words is helpful but being willingness to give of our time, speaks louder than words.
“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” James 1:22
Finally to review, the four Christian caring tools we have discussed: 1) Prayer with the person, 2)Sharing scripture, 3)Affirmations of truth, and 4)Acts of service. We not only can give good care as a Christian, we can share the source of encouragement, healing, comfort, strength with the person we care about; using these tools. I hope they prove useful to you the next you visit someone in need and enrich your caring experience.
May our Lord bless and keep you in His service.
“You are to pay special attention to those who by accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.” Saint Augustine