A while back I heard a speaker talk about the role of the friends in the story of the paralytic from Mark 2:1-12. She was sharing how this man would not have been healed if his friends were not willing to take major steps to help him. At that time I reflected on the people that were helping me find Jesus. Who was bringing me into His presence? I could easily point out these people over the years.
Hearing this story at mass this week I was challenged to think about it differently. My mediation after eucharist God asked me if I was being the that kind of friend. Was I bringing those I come into contact with closer to Jesus?
Theses are a few ways I am seeking to be that friend, my thoughts on how to bring friends closer to Jesus.
- Act – Many times I have felt an urge to stop in and visit a friend or acquaintance. I think I should send her a card. Maybe that single mom needs an anonymous gift card for food. I don’t alway act on these thoughts. What holds me back – my insecurities? my fear of rejection? Growing older I’m becoming aware that this is the Holy Spirit asking me to act. If I get that thought I should do it, don’t question, ACT.
- Pray – think of your friends or those you meet during a day and pray for them. Also, pray for God to show you where to act, show you a need, bring situations into your life that require your action.
- Affirm – this is so simple but so important. Have a positive voice for others. Give a compliment, share your caring and love for others. Point out the positive things you see in others, what qualities are shining? When I think of those that have said positive things to me, I see how important that is and how it draws me toward those people.
- Support – emotional support is so helpful, just spending time, walking with someone through the struggles of life, sending a text that just says “I’m thinking of you”, “I care for you”, “I’m praying for you” .
- Share – convey what is happening with you, what is happening in your faith journey, where are you struggling? Relating to others and seeing that we all have a battle can bring closeness and companionship in the roller coaster of life and through our faith journey.
I think of the many people that have been support for me, that have drawn me closer to Jesus in my life but also in the last year as I transition into my widowhood. they have been angels in disguise pulling me through the muddiness of this difficult change.
Lord, help me to be that person for others, show me those who need help in finding you.