Wednesday, 02 December 2015 14:35

The Body of Christ in Our Hurting World

Written by  Rebecca Rose Morris
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Christmas is upon us.  We busily decorate and shop and cook.  We know we are called by Christ to serve those in need, so we schedule time to stuff Samaritan’s Purse boxes, buy toys for Angel Tree children, and give to the Food Bank.  As we work with our church family and friends to help others, do we recognize that need comes in many forms?  As we pass each other in the halls of church every Sunday morning saying… “Merry Christmas…how are you?”... do we recognize that many of us are hiding our pain as we answer… “I’m fine, Merry Christmas!”

Christmas is portrayed as a season of joy, peace, and happiness. Everything surrounding us is bright and merry, suggesting that we should be too, but for many people the shininess of the Christmas season stands in stark contrast to the heartbreak, loss, disappointment and loneliness they are experiencing. 

 
Every day, hurting people come to Samaritan Counseling Center seeking help and hope.  Many use precious emotional energy pretending to be “fine”.  They struggle to present a brave face to the outside world while suffering in silence - afraid of judgment, rejection, or lack of understanding.

It is our responsibility to be the hands and feet of Christ in our hurting world, and our hurting world begins with the people in our lives, at church, at work, in the parking lot, in the grocery store…
We want to help, but we are often unprepared. We don’t know what to say to people dealing with crisis and loss.  What should we do?

 

• Become a safe, welcoming place for those close to you to reveal their pain and brokenness. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”  2 Cor. 1:2-4

 

• Notice the needs of those around you.  Ask others how they are doing and really want an answer.  In Galatians 6:2, Paul writes, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the laws of Christ.”


   
• Be sensitive to the real needs of those suffering. Some need your presence and listening ear, while others would be blessed by a card or a note. The Rev. G. Campbell Morgan wrote, “Silent sympathy always creates an opportunity for grief to express itself.”

 

• Validate their pain.  Romans 12:15 exhorts us to “…mourn with those who mourn.” Feeling heard and understood is a blessing.

 

• Walk with them through their dark valleys reminding them of God’s presence.  Psalm 23… “Yea though I walk through the valley…Thou art with me.”  He uses the body of Christ in that ministry of presence.

 

• Be alert to God’s gentle nudges and take action. Often we sense that God wants us to act, but we convince ourselves otherwise when we are uncomfortable. When we reach out to others in God’s name, we are blessed.

 

• Identify and use your God-given gifts!  Use the resources your have. We are called to be the Body of Christ.  I Corinthians 12:27 – “Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it.”  

 

A line in a contemporary Christian song creates a visual...“God put a million, million doors in the world for his love to walk through, and one of those doors is you.”  This Christmas, let God’s love pour through you to a hurting world.

 


Rebecca Rose Morris is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and Counseling Supervisor.  She earned her Masters degree at Auburn University Montgomery and graduated with an Ed.S. from Troy University – Montgomery Campus.  She works with adolescents and adults addressing a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, life transitions, and relational trauma. 

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