When Words Fail
By Lexie Dache, Operations Manager for MBC Tysons Outreach
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27)
When disaster strikes, no one knows what to say. If the words escape past the lump in your throat, they still seem to lose their meaning. In times of trouble, words become cheap, but simple actions are gold.
In January, the Outreach staff encountered a woman in a crisis. Her young daughter passed away from a brain tumor, and she found herself heartbroken with limited resources and no family around.
There were other people in the church who heard this news, specifically a Multiply group who had expressed interest in serving together. Instead of being at a loss, they uttered the four words that matter most in a time of trouble: “How can we help?”.
They arrived at the Smith Center on the designated Thursday, dressed in black suits with willing hearts. They helped in all kinds of ways, and hours later, when the service and reception had finished and it looked like everything should have been wrapped up, the question was asked, “What else?”.
At that moment I took a step back from the activity to take a mental picture. Tables of school teachers remained circled up, children ran back and forth to the delicious spread of donated food, supporters gathered around the mother and lingered over photos of the beautiful little girl. I watched as my boss delegated and directed this group of adults who had taken off a day of work, devoting their time and energy to honor a woman they did not know and whose troubles they were not willing to keep at a distance.