“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us all in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Sixteen years ago our country came to a stand still. On Facebook, people are reflecting on the horror of the terrorist attacks that took place on our soil on that September morning. I was in a classroom working one on one with one of my Title One Kindergarten students when my supervising teacher came in and told me and a colleague of mine what was going on. Time seemed to just stand still.
Crisis. Each day someone is faced with some kind of crisis. We may know someone who is facing a crisis at this moment. The crisis could be something that is life altering. For example, a loved one has found out they have cancer. Or, a loved one was taken all too soon. These are the type of crisis that make time stand still while the world keeps on moving.
As Christians, we need to be the first responders just like those who responded first to this tragedy our country faced. We need be first responders to those going through a crisis. As we respond to these events, we need to be non-judgmental, don’t try to give a solution but simply be there to listen, to pray and to encourage the person(s) going through the crisis. Remind them that there is a loving God who loves them and cares about every fiber of their being.
Being a first responder may require us to not say or do any specific thing. The best thing we can do is to sit by the person(s) in the midst of a crisis and simply say nothing. Yes, there will be silence. Silence is scary. But,our first responder, God can do His best work in the midst of the silence.
It has been my experience that I remember most those who simply sat there with me in the silence who dried my tears and simply said nothing.
Do you know someone in the midst of a crisis? If you do, first of all pray for them and place them into the Father’s hands. Go to them. Sit with them. Dry their tears. Allow our first responder, God work through you and be present in the situation.
I love what Max Lucado shares in his Lucado Life Lesson’s Bible;
“Don’t measure the size of the mountain; talk to the One who can move it. Instead of carrying the world on your shoulders, talk to the One who holds the universe.” Max Lucado- Traveling Light.
- Listening to the Thunder, an amazing story by Max Lucado (pastormikesays.wordpress.com)
- “Encouragement” From the Author´s Mind to Yours (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
- Pray Without Ceasing (lifechristnme.wordpress.com)