KINDNESS is what the blind can see and the deaf can hear.
One Sunday morning last winter during worship service, I was sitting in the designated "First Aid Volunteer" seat, looking over the congregation for anyone with a health or mobility difficulty. I saw no slumping onto the bench, gasping coughs or tripping in the isle on this morning. What I did notice was that there were four service dogs with their masters. Our bulletin headliner is: Befriending all with the love of Christ through community, worship and service.
Maybe befriending all meant reaching out to these persons, not because they were having difficulty at the moment; rather, because they have some disabling need for a service dog. In meeting each of these persons and hearing their stories, I learned that they would welcome the opportunity to serve on a "team" for the church. After sharing information from ADNet (Anabaptist Disabilities Network), we met as a team and included two persons who have experience working with school children or a spouse with disability. We are looking to be supportive to each other by listening.
They are teaching me. Praying God's blessings to each person and those we have yet to meet.
Carolyn Stoll, RN
Faith Community Nurse