Tuesday, October 28, 2008

the body of Christ

A mom of a little girl in Lucy's ballet class was 35 weeks pregnant, bubbling with excitement about her newest baby...and then she was not.

I heard she lost her little son 3 weeks ago - I saw her sitting by herself, so I went and talked to her.

She talked, and talked, and talked, and as she talked I realized something:

The people who showed up at the hospital, who took her family meals, who brought their cameras and snapped all sorts of pictures so she would have a memory of her son's 8 hour life, those people were making up the body of Christ. Those people were His hands and feet in action.

They weren't sure what to do, but they wanted to do something. She told me that the people who have helped her the most have been the people who just walked up to her and gave her a hug, saying nothing.

Because really, what can you say?

The body of Christ in action is a sweet, sweet thing.


Emily said...

Amen, sister. And what a sweet, sweet gift for that "hugger" to be you. :)

Kiki@Seagulls in the Parking Lot said...

It is sweet. And you too, by going to talk or listen to her were being the body of Christ. Showing her love.

Alyssa said...

way to be, rach! a sweet gift of compassion , indeed, that you gave to this hurting mommy. i echo emily's sentiment, amen. amen. amen.

Rebecca Batey Fradin said...

So true! And actions speak louder than words...the fewer words the better, actually.

benjamin67 said...

When Ethan had his colostomy take-down surgery, he was in terrible pain. The only thing that seemed to calm him was ridding in a wagon as we walked the corridors of his hospital ward.

I was at my wits end when a lady from my church Patty Morrell came to visit. She paced around the hopital with us for hours. She did not say much, but she was there. That day, she was Jesus to me.

Rebecca Batey Fradin said...

I just remembered another blog post that relates nicely to this one...about what to say/do and what NOT to say/do for someone who is grieving the loss of a child. Check it out...


- becca