Director of Community Life & Social Justice
This weekend we are highlighting our wonderful Stephen Ministry. This seems so appropriate for this Year of Mercy as visiting the sick and comforting the sorrowful are important works for mercy. We visit those who are ill and struggling and sit with them as companions on their journey. When I began training as a Stephen Minister, it seemed odd that my presence could be helpful in and of itself, but it is. We listen, talk and don’t judge the emotions our care receiver might be experiencing. Not all of our care receivers have physical ailments; some are grieving the end of a marriage, the loss of a job or the empty nest now that their children are grown. Our job as Stephen Ministers is to be a reminder of the loving presence of Jesus—caring, listening and often learning from our care receivers. In the Beatitudes, Jesus tells us “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. . . . Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
Mt. 5:4, 7. Stephen Ministers are there to comfort, and as a reminder of God’s mercy. Perhaps you are called to be a Stephen Minister or maybe you know somebody who could use one. Either way, you will be helping to show mercy. Something to think about.