Genesis 48:1-2: Sick visiting.

“Some time later Joseph was told, ‘Your father is ill.’ So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along with him. When Jacob was told, ‘Your son Joseph has come to you,’ Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed. “NIV

Visiting the sick has traditionally been seen as one of the duties of Christian pastors. It is indeed an important ministry. When I was a child I was often sickly, and I remember my pastor coming to see me. He had lost his leg in a cycling accident when he was 17, but he got around in an invalid car. My pastor was a man of God, and even now there is a special fragrance surrounding the memory of his visit.  But this ministry should not be restricted to pastors. We may not always feel equal to the task; for a hundred reasons or more we might prefer to do something else, but we should consider doing it all the same, trusting God to use us to bring comfort, company, encouragement…and maybe even healing.

‘Visiting the sick to whom we lie under obligations, or may have opportunity of doing good, either for body or soul, is our duty. The sick bed is a proper place both for giving comfort and counsel to others and receiving instruction ourselves.’ Matthew Henry.

PRAYER: ‘Oh to be His hand extended…’