7th April 2018

Right Next to Us

“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.”
2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NIV)

It was a beautiful autumn day with glorious sunshine when setting out for a mid-morning walk around the neighbourhood. About five minutes in and I stop to allow a young man in a wheelchair to pass by. As he came next to me, I noticed his badly disfigured foot and found myself boldly saying to him: “What happened to your foot?”

We had never met before but he told me his story of how he had been in a hit and run accident. A car had ploughed into him knocking him off his motorbike. The car then sped off. “It was on the news!” he exclaimed.

His foot appeared more than double its normal size with a large gash running up the centre leaving the top of his foot still almost open and raw. “I’ve also got a flap,” he said. A ‘flap’ turned out to be a large orange size ball of pink flesh taken from his back muscle and grafted onto the front of his leg.

He’d been in hospital for two months and was enjoying his first days of relative freedom. We just had a friendly chat, but this chance encounter affected me and I believe him too! His positive attitude to his life-changing event also registered—another example of how, as the saying goes: ‘life can change on a sixpence.’

We don’t have to look far for people to pray for. It has been said that ‘the spirit provides the response we cannot provide’ and we hope and pray that God speaks through us on these occasions. A chance meeting like this brings to mind the scripture: “In God we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

There are times when we might ponder what our role and purpose is as a Christian. However, the world is full of sad stories and opportunities for those who can help, to help, which for a Christian begins with prayer. This is an act of love and concern: “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). The suffering people of the world are sometimes right next to us. 

Father, we ask that we can be mindful and Christ-like in our responses to those who are around us; who are in need and who are sometimes brought before us. In Jesus name we pray.

Study by Kevin Harris


About the Author:
Kevin Harris attends the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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