Jesus warned us: "In this world you will have trouble" (John 16:33). That is a fact for all of us. But, wonderfully, Jesus did not stop the sentance there. He went on to say "... But take heart! I have overcome the world". He is the one who is sovereign over all our circumstances, strides over the waves to meet us in our trouble, whispers peace to our soul in anxiety, and lovingly calls us to "cast your burdens on Him, for He cares for you." (1 Pet 5:7)
However, many of us will know all this and yet really struggle in our circumstances to keep our eyes on Him. That's, in part, why God gave us each other in the church! He tells us to be those who teach, lovingly correct and encourage one another (Col 3:16, Rom 1:12). He also gives special instructions regarding care for the widows and elderly (and for when that care should not be given!) (Acts 6, 1 Tim 5).
Illness or infirmity can cause great loneliness, particularly when you are suddenly taken into hospital and are facing unknown tests or procedures. While many people will have the benefit of family and friends to visit, some may be more isolated. Even if you are supported by family or friends, it may be that they are unable to bring you that essential spiritual help and comfort that you most need.
Within Street Baptist Church we have a group of people who are willing to visit and pray with those who are in hospital or a nursing home. We seek to provide more than good conversation - we long to spend time with you reading God's word together and joining with you in prayer, to encourage you, and so that you might be helped in seeking God for His strength and enabling.