By David Cochran
There is so much that we see in the media that causes us to think, who cares? However, who cares is at the heart of what we are challenged to do as Christians. We are not just asked, but commanded, to love God and care for others.
28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-29
At the Congregational Meeting on January 17th, we asked for people to step up and support caring within our church by helping the Care Team pray for those in need, visit those who are sick or housebound, help provide food and transportation to those who need it, and otherwise reach out to our neighbors in the community.
At the Consistory meeting the following day, we continued the discussion and agreed that there is no higher calling than for us to love God and care for our families, friends, and neighbors. Elder Coach Alan Taback perhaps said it best when he observed that we all are the Care Team. We all need to keep an eye out for each other and do what we can to help each other.
We now have an official Care Team. Thankfully, Chip Parmele and Barb Reid are heading up this effort. But as adjunct members of this team, we all can help them by reaching out to others. Here are just a few ways we all can do it:
- Make a quick phone call to see how someone it doing.
- Drop off some cookies and say hi to someone.
- Send an email with encouraging words to someone who could use some uplifting thoughts.
- Let the Care Team know of a concern directly or through Sarah.
- Without actually seeing someone, we all can use the power of prayer to ask God for help for another person or group who is having a difficult time.
So who cares? We all should. And, when we all care for others, it’s amazing how helpful we can be.