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A Sudden Movement
** While this post is designed for reaching our chronic illness friends, I believe these are questions to ask any one of our friends. All can benefit!**
Lately, I have been aware of my life and how isolating it can become. As I look at my life, I can’t help but think. . . Would I want to be my friend? Not particularly.
I honestly think it might be scary or intimidating to have a friend to someone like me. Chronic illness is scary. And it is so easy to be concerned that we might say something wrong to someone who is already in great pain – physically and emotionally.
But, what if we rushed to our friends’ aid anyway (obviously listening more than speaking)?
Our friends need us to rush toward them, so they aren’t alone!
What To Say
I want to share some things we can ask our friends who are hurting. These are questions I mentioned elsewhere, but they can help us meet our friends right where they are. These things can truly deepen our friendships.
How is God speaking to you right now?
This can open up many doors for our conversations with friends. Our Lord Jesus Christ can speak to us through so many things! Let’s begin asking this big question and grow – as we learn from one another!
How can I pray for you?
Ohhh, how our friends need us to ask this question. In all honesty? They probably aren’t asked this question, enough.
What are you watching on Netflix or YouTube? Or reading?
Chronic illness or not, many of us use one of these sources of entertainment. Even if we are not a TV watcher, we can share what we are reading.
If someone asked me this question, my answer would change depending on the day. While one day I may be a Gilmore Girls observer, the next I might be fully wrapped up in the book of Isaiah.
This is a very basic question that we can ask, even to a brand new friend. And, it opens doors to new shared interests.
What is on your mind?
This one, can open so many doors.
Our minds can wander to many places. Even if we may not feel well, our hearts might be focused on the Middle East or the homeless.
This question allows us to really meet our friends, and see what is on their hearts and maybe even breaking their hearts.
How is your mental health holding up, in spite of your trials?
This is such an important question. We need to check on our friends, so they aren’t fighting suicidal thoughts on their own. It is so easy to find ourselves in our own war. We need to join our friends, and help them however we can.
Featured image by Tim Foster (of Unsplash).
Blessings to you, my friends!