During this time, you may know someone that is required to stay home because of their weakened immune systems or other factors. How do you care for them from a distance? Call them? Facetime them? Buy groceries and other essentials for them and leave them on their doorstep? What do you do, however, when you suspect they are hurting more than they’re letting on?
We at CSM are doing our best to provide our partners and supporters with suggestions on how best to love your neighbor during this time of social distancing. We’ve compiled questions that you can ask in order to make sure your neighbors are doing well in this uncertain time. We pray that the intentionality of caring for our neighbors will allow for honest discussion about assurance and contentment in Christ.
Questions to Ask Your At-Risk Neighbors:
How are you doing in the midst of so many uncertainties?
- This is a good way to ask how they are handling the current situation. Some might be afraid. Some might be lonely. Some might need comforting. Whatever the feeling, lean into it and validate it. Remind them that God is in control and His promises are unwavering.
- Verse to share: “Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
How is your daily schedule/routine being affected by these sudden changes?
Are you still taking all of your medications?
- If elderly or sick neighbors are thrown out of routine, this is often something that gets missed. Asking this question may remind some of the importance of continuing prescriptions as normal.
Do you have enough of your prescriptions? Can I pick up a prescription for you or set up delivery service for you?
- If the answer to #2 question was “No”, then make sure to help solve the problem by ensuring access to their medications. Many pharmacies now deliver to homes, such as CVS and Walgreens. Elderly patients might need this to be set up for them.
Have you found a way to exercise?
- A few ways to exercise indoors include stretching, dancing, simple calisthenics like calf raises and arm circles, and workout videos.
Do you have enough groceries and other essentials?
- Those that are food insecure or facing job changes may not want to tell you they need food. Asking the question and offering to help provide these things takes the burden off of them to outrightly ask for help.
- Order them delivery food or groceries through local restaurants and grocery stores if you can’t get it yourself.
Have you been able to keep a consistent sleep schedule?
What positive things are happening around you right now?
- Focusing on the positive is good for the body and soul and reminds us that God makes good out of every situation.
Have you been able to keep in contact with friends, family, and other loved ones through this?
- Encourage them to download apps like Marco Polo, Zoom, Skype, and to make use of the group FaceTime feature on iPhones. If they don’t have a smartphone, suggest calling someone new each day just to talk.
How can I pray for you?
- This is the most important question. Let your neighbor know that you are praying for them, and God is in control of their situation.
”Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.