Jesus tells us, “Love your neighbor,” and he does not add: “when you feel like it.”
Deanna Thompson, Professor of Religion at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, has written a book about her journey with Stage IV breast cancer. The title of her book is Hoping for More: Having Cancer, Talking Faith, and Accepting Grace.
In her book, Deanna talks about the importance of being there for a friend who is suffering. The following is one example she gives:
One friend finally visited for the first time about five months after my diagnosis, just as life was regaining a bit of normalcy. (Up to this time Deanna had been very ill with radiation treatments and chemo.) She stood in our entryway, car idling in the driveway, and told me she had been thinking of me.
I appreciated the visit, but battled the voice in my heart that kept reminding me that this friend had not come to see me in five whole months.
Be there. Even when you don’t know what to say or do.
Be there . . .even when you don’t feel like it.
Be there even when you want to be somewhere else doing something else. . .be there.