May 26, 2014

Perplexed, But Not Driven to Despair

Ministry affords many opportunities to care for those who are hurting or feeling a sense of loss. Encouragement from Scripture is key. Praying for the person is very important, as well. And, there is a place for practical measures. Here are a few resources that can help you as you minister to the perplexed.

From this blog
What You Do for Christ Counts Do what you can.
What We Will Be An eternal perspective increases love.
Make Me More Like Martha  Making requests known.

Medical situations
Compassion for Cancer What to say and do.
More Compassion for Cancer More of what to say and do.
Ministry by the Faint of Heart Even the squeamish have a role.
Caring for the Caregiver Spiritual, emotional and practical tips.

Preparing food
A Casserole Is Not Enough. Except When It Is There is value in a lowly casserole.
A Moveable Feast How to organize a church to provide meals.

Elderly and widows
Visiting Widows Don't overlook a blessing.
Slip Slidin' Away Sustain an active interest in those who are inactive.
It's a Funeral, Bring the Kids Death lets God's people come alongside each other.

When those in ministry need ministry
Ministry Wives Need Ministry, Too Helping the forgotten.
Help, We Need Somebody Self-sufficiency is overrated.

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges. Know God better and love Him more, even when bad things happen.
When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steven Estes. Our trust and obedience rest on God's character.

Caring Bridge aims "to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier." Contains a journal section for the one in need to share his/her thoughts, a guestbook section for family and friends to encourage the patient and a planner for coordinating and sharing tasks. Run by donations, which are voluntary. 

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