Helping hands

it has been a very eventful week with Kevin’s health, but he’s home now from hospital. On Monday morning, we needed to call the ambulance, as his heart rate was way too low. The paramedics were very caring and professional, and apologised whenever a procedure they were doing caused Kevin pain. The staff at the emergency department were also caring and professional, as were those in the cardiac care ward where he spent two days.

I got me thinking. First, thanking God for these people, who saved my husband’s life. But then, I started to think, what is it inside people that makes them want to care, want to love?

As Christians, we can say, we love because He first loved us. But I don’t know what was the motivation for all the health-care professionals – did they love because they knew that God loved Kevin too?

All around me, I am seeing evidence of people made in the image of a loving God, people who care enough about their community to get in there and help people. But most of these people are not doing it in the name of Christ, but because it is the ‘right’ thing to do.

What is the role for the church then? The church was instrumental in making health-care available for the poor, and developing education. It has had a huge role in pastoral care, but now it seems that the community is doing fine without the church. The need never goes away, but surely the church has something else to offer.

Are we too shy about the “why we do what we do” to let people know that we love them because God loves them? Why is that? Perhaps we need to develop more intentional strategies to tell people why we love them.

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