A young couple hovers over their bills, wondering how to avoid having their heat shut off since his lay-off. A widow eats her TV dinner in a cold kitchen and swallows waves of loneliness. A father, in the midst of a painful divorce, wrestles with how far to push the custody battle and wishes for wisdom and encouragement. A couple sits stunned in a hospital room, trying to digest the word “cancer” and lives turned upside down. A heart attack occurs in the middle of the night.
Others of us live with a dull, throbbing pain that we try to somehow manage. A marriage that doesn’t meet our deepest needs. A job that feels meaningless. Kids that seem out of control. Bills that appear endless. And a sneaking suspicion that life isn’t turning out the way it was supposed to.
These are the realities that most of us live with – pain woven into the tapestry of everyday life. Some part of our soul cries that this is where the church should make a difference. If God, through His people, isn’t present with us in our vulnerability and pain, then is He there at all? Unfortunately in a church of 2,000 people, we can be left wondering if anyone knows our name, much less cares.
Here at Third Church, our desire is to be present in the midst of pain. We've come up with several ways to be of assistance. Click on the statement that best describes your situation.
- Help! We've got an emergency!
- We could use a visit or to have someone to pray with us
- Just pray for us
- I have surgery or a hospital stay scheduled and I'd like someone to come