In 2015 my brother in law who is a pastor, asked my husband and I whether we will join him and other congregation members of the church he preached in, to serve people in hospital. The only thing he said to us, was that we will be praying for people. I didn’t know what to expect. We visited a hospital in JHB South where we walked up three flights of stairs, just to enter the children’s ward. My brother in law, the pastor instructed us to pray for and over the children. So each of us walked down the hospital ward and enter one room after the next, where we prayed for the children and their parents if they were present.
There was one room where a very sick baby was laying on the hard, hospital bed on white linen. The baby had an IV line inserted in his arm and the white bandage contrasted with his soft, black skin. I felt so heartbroken for this baby who were sick in hospital, no parent or adult in his presence. All alone in hospital, on Christmas day. I laid my hands on this child and asked God to heal him, in Jesus Christ name. The baby had a smile on his face. Although he didn’t say a word, he responded to my voice. It was as if he understood me. After the prayer and time I spent with him, I gave him a Christmas present. Each patient we prayed for, received a present that day.
There are many people that says that they can’t muster up the strength to visit children homes, go to hospitals to pray for the sick or visit the poor but Jesus taught us to be the light of this world.
Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
When you sit in the comfort of your home, underneath that warm blanket of yours or that aircon, someone out there are wishing for that blanket you have or that aircon that keeps you cool. Someone out there are longing for someone to pray for them in their sick bed or a child who longs for that time that you spent with them, who have to fight for attention in the children’s home. If we do not go out and be the light, then we miss the opportunity to show Jesus Christ to people. We miss the opportunity to show the child in the children’s home, what love looks like. God who is love.
We miss the opportunity that Jesus work through us, when we lay our hands on the sick to pray for them and He heals them. We miss the opportunity to show someone who have less, Jesus Christ that provides to them, through you who are obedient and give what you can.
Be the light.
Be someone that Jesus use to show them who He is.