My friend received a frantic phone call from his daughter this week. There had been a tragic accident that involved someone very close to her and she was crying out for help.
As soon as it was humanly possible my friend was on the scene and trying to help out however he could. He did his best to assist the emergency response team and to just be there to console and offer help to the friends and family. The grief on the faces of those present was hard to bear, even though they had a strong faith in God and were surrounded by those who cared and could support them in prayer.
After doing everything he could, my friend left the scene and started driving home. He was just about to leave Drayton when he became overwhelmed with grief at what he had just witnessed, and he could not continue driving. He pulled over, and was soon turned around and on his way back to a friend’s house. He knocked on the door, and they opened up and invited him in. Even though it was late and they were ready for bed, my friend was warmly welcomed in to receive consolation and ministry.
The next day I received a text from my friend saying, “I need to talk out this grief a bit.”
We could not connect right away so the following day I received another text that simply said, “Hi.”
Sensing what was up I called him right away and were soon sitting on a park bench sharing hearts and praying together.
In these days we live in, a lot has been happening to force us to adapt and change the way we do church and ministry. But, one thing is certain, the Body of Christ, who is the “the fullness of him who fills everything in every way” (Eph. 1:23) is alive and functioning well!
It is doing just what the Body of Christ does; it is doing what it is perfectly suited and equipped to do. Closing church doors does not hinder the Body of Christ in any way, shape of form. The opportunity to minister to people is all around us, and we are more than able and fully empowered to respond – at any given moment!