‘All over the world people are struggling with difficult situations.
I’VE BEEN THERE – Read Luke 10:25-37
Praise be to the Father of compassion 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 1:3-4
Just before Christmas, a woman with whom I was falling in love informed me that she was dating someone else.
I was crushed and shed many tears. At some point, however, I thought to seek out people also dealing with loss. Within a month, I was able to aid a woman whose father had died, another sister in Christ has lost a son to suicide, and also a couple whose oldest daughter was rebelling against God.
I believe that many people miss one of the points in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. In my mind, it’s likely the priest and Levite who passed by the wounded traveller didn’t fully understand what that man was facing in that moment.
But the Samaritan as part of a despised race, understood—likely from personal experience.
The Samaritan truly identified with the wounded man’s trials; he was able to say, “I’ve been there.”
When we are struggling with difficult situations, Jesus calls us to identify with people who are also suffering, who at that point are more our “neighbours” than others may be.
Then we can comfort them with the comfort we have received from God. In exercising such compassion, we imitate Christ and thereby draw closer to God and closer to those around us.
Prayer : Dear Father, in our hurt, give us courage to feel the hurts of others and a desire to share your comfort with them. In Jesus’ name …. Amen
After reading 3 short stories before the meeting began proper (if you marry the right person, Dust if you must and Walking with Grandma) Sylvia H., opened in prayer and welcomed 13 members to our February meeting and we had 2 visitors, Ian from Kadina and Louise from Kangaroo Island.
Our new fellowship song was sung and everyone agreed that this song was so appropriate for our fellowship. 4 members were not able to attend for health and holiday reasons and we wished them well.
The business side of the afternoon finished at 2pm and Kaylene opened the social part of the afternoon with the Hymn, Morning has Broken and then introduced Janet Butler who gave us a very interesting talk on her life and how she came to be in Port Broughton. Janet says that her life has been wonderful and is blessed by having precious children, grand children and great grand children; however, I think they are blessed to have a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and Great grandmother.
Praise God. Our first meeting of the year is always a segment on ‘getting to know you’ so thank you Janet for letting us in on some of your life.
Following Janet’s talk Louise gave a report on the situation following the fires on Kangaroo Island and how difficult it is for those who have lost everything and businesses that are giving items away to help those who have nothing. Louise said how generous people had been and how quickly the fires spread and took everything in their path. One particular farm was raised to the ground in 7 minutes – everything gone. A collection for Kangaroo Island was taken during afternoon tea.
Afternoon tea followed; during which time there was much happy chatter and no-one seemed to want to go home which was lovely.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 17th March at 1.30pm. Our theme is St. Patricks Day so you can wear something green. The team is Dulcie, Lee and Sharon.
We welcome visitors anytime so come along and join us for an afternoon of fun and fellowship, not forgetting a wonderful afternoon tea.
God bless you all, Sylvia H.