Michelle from Seeking Serenity needs your help. A while back, I posted a link to her site, in regards to the health of her mother. A few days ago, Michelle's father called her and asked her to try and come during the school holidays. There is a problem, though. Travel to another continent is not cheap, and many people cannot simply afford the cost of airfare to go at a moment's notice. Such is the case for Michelle, and her son.
Michelle's mom suffers from cancer of the liver, an incurable disease. I am praying Michelle can go to see her mom in Australia as planned, without financial hardship. There is more I can do, and will.
You can help too. Laura over at Been There, Still There has set up a Paypal button, and if you click on that button, you can donate to a worthy hope, you can help make Michelle's hope of flying her son and her to Australia to see her mom a reality. This isn't a frivolous trip, this is about love, and hope, and grief.
James told us something about helping if we can.
If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? James 2:15,16 NASB
So, we can tell Michelle we will pray for her, and we can tell her we hope she gets to go. All these are an encouragement, and are good things. But if we have the means to help financially, then we should do it, without reservation.
Here is a chance to put feet to our faith; will we take the step, or will we sigh, shake our heads, and prove that our faith is nothing more than an intellectual exercise?
I do not speak this way to those who cannot help because of financial considerations. But I do speak this way to those who can help, including myself. A sister is in need. If we can help, then we ought to. If we can help, then let it be now. If we can help, then thank God for the chance to be the physical manifestation of Jesus in Michelle's life.
Jesus told them, "You feed them".
With all the attending grief that comes with a terminal illness, having to deal with being unable to go see your mother should not be added to the pain. Let Michelle find reason to praise God for His goodness in a time when the world could see no good in this situation. Only God can do that, only God can deliver good during a painful time. And He uses us to do it.