In ward council the challenges faced by families and the ward are often discussed. I visited a ward council today and something that was said made me think of this story:
A ward in which I lived was over taxed in offering round-the-clock nursing care for Sister Robinson in the late stages of Lou Gehrig’s disease. Our wise Bishop West knew the job was bigger than his ward, so he shared Sister Robinson’s needs with others including friends at work. They joined in to help, signing up for shifts, organized by the Relief Society, to give care to Sister Robinson.
Friends and neighbors interaction with church members led to substantive shared experiences in service that naturally led to conversations about Christ and church teachings and invitations to ward and stake activities. The members and the Robinson family were grateful for the additional help.
When we feel overwhelmed by our challenges, perhaps when we feel like drawing inward, is this really a time to reach out? Can we be served in some way by our community?
Even in our challenges we can find opportunities to reach out.