Ministry of presenceMay 27, 2014
Ten years ago (in an email dated January 29, 2004) I was asked by a close friend how to deal with a loved one who was in hospice and dying of cancer. As you consider how to find “rest for your soul” in the midst of circumstances that we cannot control, I invite to consider a ministry of presence. No amount of casserole caravans or talk therapy could offer what the Spirit can deliver by His presence in and through you. Don’t worry about what you can “do,” just “be” who God calls you to be.
She asked me to post this for more to see and I share it with you today.
From: Carmen Fowler Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2004 8:38 AM To: Subject: Ministry of presence
The truth is that this is one of those times when there’s just not much to say. Your presence, your faith in the face of ridiculous circumstances, your love…these are the opportunity that God has given you to be Christ’s ambassador to your friend.
Even when He walked the earth, Jesus didn’t heal everyone. Only God knows why. Its not our responsibility to make God’s case – or even defend His will. Its our job to walk with our friends through the valley of the shadow of death, confident that the light of Jesus of Christ shines in the darkness and the darkness will never overcome it.
Let Mendy have whatever feelings she’s having – if she’s doubting God or hating God or questioning God, He can handle it. You don’t have to defend Him, this is territory God knows far better than we.
Pray for endurance, pray that Mendy’s faith will endure. Read Romans 8. Read Psalm 23 and 139. Read Revelation 21. Read John 15 and 17. Let the Word of God wash over you and minister to you.
God wants to be present for you as you are present for Him in Mendy’s life. That’s the way it works. You are a conduit of His grace and mercy and love. And mostly that means that you never leave her nor forsake her. No matter how bad things get, your love and your presence remain steadfast. God never lets us go – in life nor in death – that’s the testimony your friendship needs and the witness replique montre replique de montre you are uniquely positioned to bear to her now.
I am praying for you as you are present for her –
I am here for you always and in every way –
I love you my friend,