I am so grateful for the men and women in the hospital who have tended to my husband during this time of recovery from a fall off a ladder.
Nurses, surgeons, and nurses aids are just a few of the people I’ve come across in the last week who over and over again help those who are sick or hurting. When I walk into my husband’s hospital room, nurses are recording his blood pressure or taking his temperature; doctors are discussing pain management options, and reassuring him that they are there to help him. The nurses aids ask him if he needs anything at least once an hour. They come and make sure he’s not too warm, not too cold, if he’s in pain, if he would like to get into the wheelchair for a jaunt around the orthopedic floor. All the medical professionals we’ve come in contact with have made it clear that they are there for him and they haven’t once made him or me feel like we’re a burden. I realize they are paid to do this job, but it doesn’t take you long to see that you must be gifted in this area to be able to maintain such a genuinely caring and friendly atmosphere. I don’t think you can fake that kind of generosity for that long.
Our church family, too, has been there for us. Friends call and tell us they’re praying for us; they bring us meals, they sit with me in the waiting rooms, they pick up my children and take them to dinner; they pray with us.
This kind of love, you can’t fake either. They’re not getting paid to love us. They won’t get demoted if they don’t love us. So why do they show us so much affection and care? Because of Jesus. They’ve had a life-changing encounter with the Son of God; evidenced by how they care about us. They’ve been filled with the love of Jesus and it shows. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13.) My friends have given of themselves, sacrificed for us, and they’ve shown me what it really means to love in a tangible way.
I hope you have friends like this in your life who will help you when life gets complicated or dreary or sad or lonely. We all need friends. Don’t try and go it alone. It just doesn’t work that way. We are a body and we need each other!