Recently, I read a post that encouraged people to tell both sides of their “church experience.” While I was thinking about this, I received an email encouraging the same thing. I think this is a good idea. I usually write about the “good” of our church life. I plan to write posts from time to time about the “bad” and the “ugly” of our church life. We all have them; I think it would be good to share them.
The last week to ten days have been especially tough for us. Last week, a friend died. Another friend’s uncle died. Another friend’s sister was in a coma in ICU. This week, a friend’s niece was in a car accident and has a brain injury.
Times like these are always tough on people who want to help, to care, to serve, to love. But, when you’re part of a small group of Christians, and you can’t sit back and wait for someone else to do something, it can get even tougher.
And, of course, the huge issues listed above are piled on top of the normal aches and pains and troubles and issues and work and school and sickness and arguments and questions that families and friends face every day.
Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually drained… that’s the best way to describe our family over the last few days. And, I can’t imagine what the people who actually faced the death, illness, or injury in the family are going through.
I love the people that God has surrounded me with. All of them have stepped up to serve those who are hurting. But, sometimes, when your group is small – when there are only a few people in your church – there are more hurting people than arms to wrap around them. Sometimes, there seems to be more thorns than roses.