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Daily Lift #588

Visiting The Ill

When you visit someone who is ill, you could be doing that person a great service – maybe even save that person's life. You can give hope and encouragement or help with practical matters, that they could not do on their own. You might be able to find out that this person needs the type of medical attention that he would not be able to receive on his own, or he might not have realized that he needed to do more than he is doing.

  Go out of your way to find people who are ill, who would greatly appreciate your visit. If you cannot visit someone in person, call him up and wish him well, or write and let him know that you are thinking about him and care about his welfare.

(Growth Through Tehillim: Exploring Psalms for Life Transforming Thoughts, p. 99)

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Visitor Comments: 1

(1) bobby5000, December 10, 2011 5:01 AM

visiting the ill

Consider what some wrote on a cancer website, "I have sooo many friends, very blessed! But I find that people are nervous around me, worried about what to say, and they will post on FB, or text me, but they realy dont come around, and dont call much. I dont think they r worried about catching this, but I think they are worried about being around me....does anyone else find this? I ran into a former co-worker at the grocery store yesterday who is also a cancer survivor. We talked about this issue. She said some people just aren't equipped to deal with it--no indictment on them; it's just them. It was a very kind of way of looking at a situation that can feel hurtful at times.

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