In the 1962 motion picture The Miracle Worker, we are provided with a profound glimpse into the life of Helen Keller. Having lost her sight and hearing as a young child, Helen entered a frightening, lonely world of darkness where there was no way to effectively communicate her thoughts and feelings with others. As a result, Helen became like a wild animal. In one scene, she entered the room holding her little rag doll as her grandmother was feeding Helen’s baby sister. Helen aggressively began to pull the buttons from her grandmother’s dress. Fearfully, her grandmother screamed for help, and Helen’s family came running. Her brother cried out, “She’s an animal!”, and her father lamented, “How long can we put up with this?” It was Helen’s mother though, who saw beyond her wild actions and into her heart. “Wait, she is trying to tell us something. That’s it! That’s it! She wants her doll to have eyes.” Her mother took two buttons and sewed them onto the face of Helen’s doll. When Helen reached out and touched her doll’s face and felt her new eyes, the change was remarkable. She sat calmly rocking her doll, holding her close in perfect peace.
That’s how our Heavenly Father is…He hears us and knows our hearts, even before we cry out to Him. (Isaiah 65:24) During times of darkness and uncertainty, please know you are not alone. God has promised to go before you, be with you, and never leave or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:8) Within our congregation are also people willing to reach out, take your hand, and walk with you through difficult times. How might we help you find healing today?
Stephen Ministry: One-to-one confidential caring ministry to those who have experienced a significant life change such as the death of a loved one, serious illness, job loss, empty nesting, relocation, being a caregiver to a loved one, financial struggles, or any situation causing grief, struggle, or stress.
Cancer Companions: Our team of Cancer Companions is available to be a source of comfort and understanding to those who have cancer, or family members of those with cancer, in order to pray for, uplift and encourage during this difficult time in life.
Dine & Share Grief & Loss Support Group: For those grieving the loss of a loved one. This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month (3rd Tuesday this December). Join us in the Fireside Room for an informal potluck at 6:30pm and a gathering at 7:10pm. Please let those experiencing grief know about this meeting or offer to come with them. Sometimes it is a daunting task to make that first step.
New Directions: This group for widows and widowers meets every 4th Wednesday at 1:30pm in the Fireside Room. It is a wonderful group of women and men of all ages, coming together to share their lives, have a good time, and uplift each other!
For more information on any of the above events, or if someone you know needs pastoral care, please contact Erma Clark at ErmaC@gcumc.org or at the church office, 614/875-5612.