Recently our family went through a terrible tragedy. It landed one of our daughters in the hospital 24/7 caring for her son. While he received excellent care we are not the type of people who can leave a loved one in the hospital alone while we go take care of food, showering and such.
We’ve had many conversations about those days in the hospital. I am grateful I was able to be there for her to run the ‘Ronald McDonald’ floor and get a shower in. I am extremely grateful for all of the help she received from her extended family, church family and friends.
One of ways that could possibly help others in the future is instead of asking “What can I do?” or “What can I bring you to eat?” During times of crisis the people we are trying to help are so busy making life and death decisions that asking them to make more decisions is crippling. It is more helpful to say- Can I bring you Mexican food or a Chicken dinner? A choice is easier to make than a decision. Instead of “What can i do to help?” Say I am driving by your house- can I feed the animals? or I will be near the hospital today- can I bring you clean clothes? Each of us has different relationships with the people going through the crisis- so offer what type of help you are capable of giving, instead of giving them yet another decision to make.
We are so grateful our crisis ended with healing and to witness the power of God always leaves me awestruck. We serve a mighty God who loves us endlessly that is still moving the mountains in our lives. Thank you to all of the kind loving people who reached out and helped our daughter and her family.