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This past week something tragic happened in our church community to someone I know. I know them, but not well enough that it was immediately apparent what the response should be outside of prayer. And it also wasn’t the type of situation where the response was all that obvious. Does that make sense?

I had spent the morning praying for them and felt like I should do more. I just couldn’t get rid of the feeling that I should bring them a meal despite the fact that their situation didn’t really warrant that.

I was already making a meal for a family in church that recently had a baby. A meal I had signed up to bring almost 3 weeks earlier. And when I looked into it, they lived on the same street as the family I wanted to help. My answer was clear. I doubled the meal and dropped them both of.

I don’t tell you this story to pat myself on the back, but to remind you of this:

When someone is hurting don’t spend time wondering how you can help. Don’t ask them to call you if there is “anything you can do” (because that is the last thing they want to do).

Just do something. Because the thought that someone cares matters more than what you do. Just. Do. Something.

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  1. Jill, I love this. I often think that the Holy Spirit prompts us to act, and we overanalyze and get all wigged out with the details. Bottom line, if we’re demonstrating love in tangible ways (even if simple), it’s going to honor Christ and bless others.

    Thanks for the smart reminder!
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  2. Amen to that, sister! I can’t tell you how many times people told me to call them if I needed anything while I was going through chemo. I was so exhausted, the last thing I wanted to do was to think of how someone could help me and take the time to call them. I absolutely loved it and appreciated it when people just did something. Like you guys figured out how and when to come see me. Others just made me some food. Well said, my friend!!

  3. Love this. Any helpful gesture like that is appreciated in a rough time.
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  4. Yes. this.

    Also related – why I adore you. Your heart and servant’s spirit.

  5. When someone is hurting don’t spend time wondering how you can help. Don’t ask them to call you if there is “anything you can do” (because that is the last thing they want to do). <———— Yes! A thousand times yes. Great reminder.
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