We have a weird saying in our house—sometimes you just have to buy an air conditioner. I know it’s a weird one. Like most weird things, there is a story behind it.
About four weeks before my wedding, I had a severe gallbladder attack. It was bad enough that I was scheduled for surgery three weeks before the wedding. You would think that would be a huge stress for me—having to have surgery three weeks before my wedding. Truly, all I cared about at that moment was that I would have relief from the constant pain.
Too add to the pain, it was July, in Toronto, and I lived on the top floor of a three-storey walk up apartment building, with no air conditioner. It was hot. Usually I could tolerate the heat, but that was without the severe pain.
One night, my fiancé showed up with a new window air conditioner. It was kind of dumb. I would be moving into his place in less than a month. It wouldn’t solve the fact that I was in pain. Yet, there was nothing he could really do to fix the situation. So, what he did was try to make one little thing, a little bit better. He bought an air conditioner.
Today is a day when I will, “go out and buy an air conditioner.” A dear friend had emergency surgery yesterday. We are praying and have offered to help in practical ways. Today, I will head out during my lunch to put together a care package for the family. Tonight, I will head to our church to pick up two prayer shawls—one for the patient, and one for his wife. Tomorrow, at some point one of us will find the time to deliver the care package.
We can’t help medically. We can’t fix it. However, we can show our love and care.
We all know people who are going through a tough time.
Think about them now.
Pray for them.
Consider how you can let them know they are loved. Is it an email message, a phone call, or a card? Can you deliver a meal or a coffee? Can you help with their children, or an elderly parent, so they can get out for a walk, or have 20 minutes to lie down? Can you just sit with them while they wait? You likely don’t need to go out and buy an air conditioner, but you can still make a difference.
1 John 4:7-10 The Message (MSG)
My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.