Just Sit

Notice this scene from the film, Lars and the Real Girl.  Lars is walking through the tragic path of having his “girlfriend” Bianca, slowly die at home from a terminal disease (called “reality”).

Notice how the town responds:

Having been called to minister in situations where hardships over death or other misfortune have occurred, I personally resonate with this exchange in dialogue:

Is there something I should be doing right now?

No dear, you eat.

We came over to sit.

That’s what people do when tragedy strikes.

They come over and sit.

Just like we, the church, are called to help the hurting, the people of Lars’ town offered free and loving personal care.

There is no magic thing to say, but to just be there.  His friends were simply available, and in doing so, they gave Lars meaning to his suffering.

To Lars, they became God’s body, and Lars begins to see hope in his life.

Scripture tells us that…

5 We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort-we get a full measure of that, too. (2 Corinthians 1)

And how we feel His healing comfort is found in Christ’s body, the church.  By serving those that are distressed or rejected, we let God’s comfort overflow through us.  In doing so, we let the world know what God is really like.

The townspeople of Lars are not only showing Lars what God is like, but they are the agent to his healing.

In many ways, they are a consistent agent of loving Lars to life and loving Bianca to death  (you have to view this must-see-film to understand this statement).


~ by Dave Smith on April 7, 2009.

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