Loving thy neighbour.....help with how.

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Young mother.....terminal cancer.

Some of you may have seen the prayer thread above regarding a young mum who lives close to me with terminal cancer.
The type of cancer is very aggressive with little hope of cure or life expectancy beyond 6-12 months.

I have met this dear lady once, having only heard of her plight a week or so ago.
She weighs heavily on my heart.

The lady seems to have a good tightfit family support, a good friendship network and community support in terms of fundraising/friendship.

What I would like is some ideas on how to reach out lovingly as a Christian without imposing myself into this tightknit circle already around her.

How can I love my neighbour as myself, ....above and beyond prayer.
To the glory of the Lord
 
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You can do the one thing thats courageous, because it can be seen as mean or rude to some, so many would be afraid to do it. Tell her that that because you care about her, you would like to read scripture to her maybe a couple times a week or more if you have time, since her time is short, doing something spiritual for her is the greatest thing to prepare her for the next life. If she agrees and is not a christian, I would plan out a quick set of lessons on the basics of salvation. If she is a christian, maybe scripture about rewards and crowns for the things we have done more than talk about faith.
 
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Really sorry to read about this situation.

Honestly, I don't think you need too much advice on this one. Ask God to use you to be a channel of his grace and love, then do what you can. Be sensitive and kind and respond to the needs as they arise. I'm sure you've already thought of that?

One thing that I've heard quite often, and observed a few times, in situations where there is terminal illness is that the person with the condition is often able to come to terms with things and make their peace with it much more easily than their friends, relatives and supporters. As you do not know the lady well personally and are not so emotionally involved, could there be a role for you in supporting the supporters?

(Of course, that's a thought, not advice.)
 
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Honestly, I don't think you need too much advice on this one. Ask God to use you to be a channel of his grace and love, then do what you can. Be sensitive and kind and respond to the needs as they arise. I'm sure you've already thought of that?
Thank you @Hekuran

Loving thy neighbour as thyself, is a real conviction for me at the moment.

A longing to live and love like Jesus

Yet with the realisation of how self often jumps in the way.


He must increase, but I must decrease
John 3:30
 
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Thank you @Hekuran

Loving thy neighbour as thyself, is a real conviction for me at the moment.

A longing to live and love like Jesus

Yet with the realisation of how self often jumps in the way.


He must increase, but I must decrease
John 3:30
Aside from loving God, what greater conviction could there be? I hope it stays with you until Jesus' return!

Prayers and blessings!
 
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Young mother.....terminal cancer.

Some of you may have seen the prayer thread above regarding a young mum who lives close to me with terminal cancer.
The type of cancer is very aggressive with little hope of cure or life expectancy beyond 6-12 months.

I have met this dear lady once, having only heard of her plight a week or so ago.
She weighs heavily on my heart.

The lady seems to have a good tightfit family support, a good friendship network and community support in terms of fundraising/friendship.

What I would like is some ideas on how to reach out lovingly as a Christian without imposing myself into this tightknit circle already around her.

How can I love my neighbour as myself, ....above and beyond prayer.
To the glory of the Lord
You should discern that maybe all that she really needs is just your friendly neighborly visit. Put yourself in her place. What would you like for a Christian brother or sister to do for you? Play a game to get your mind off of you dying? Watch a favorite movie with her? If she is getting enough support in that regard, then ask the Lord what He would have you do, if anything at all, and trust Him to direct your foot steps even when you doubt your ability to hear Him. Maybe a bouquet of her favorite flowers will brighten her day delivered from a florist? Maybe a song if she is a believer? Trust Him to lead you even if it means just having His love for that neighbor is enough.

 

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