Read the Bible to the Sick

Do you ever wonder what to say to a sick person?  Did you ever think to read the Bible to the sick? Where would you start? How would you go about it?

Remember Charles, the paralyzed young man I visited in the care facility?  He asked me to read the Bible and pray with him before I left.  I did.  Since the facility is in another city, I asked our friend Grayson who lives there, if he would follow-up and visit Charles occasionally.

Today he reported that visiting someone he didn’t know was outside his comfort zone, but he’s glad he went.  The experience affected him in a way he did not expect.  Charles asked questions and there was good discussion.  Grayson read to him from the Bible,  prayed with him and agreed to return.

As Grayson was leaving, he saw patients in wheelchairs sitting alone in the hallway, staring at nothing in particular.  His heart went out to them.  “I’d like to get permission from the administration to visit some of these people and read the Bible to them one-to-one.”

Then he referred to a book called One-to-One Bible Reading by David Helm.  It’s a simple guide to help Christians help others by reading the Bible with them.  The book suggests reading plans to do with non-Christians, with new Christians or with established Christians. It suggests questions for discussion to make it an easy and rewarding experience.

Grayson’s visit created in him a desire to serve God in a new and exciting way. I too am eager to begin implementing the reading plans from this delightful book.  Perhaps you’ll want to check it out yourself!

  •  Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.   Matthew 4:4
  • For the word of God is alive and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.   Hebrews 4:12

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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5 Responses to Read the Bible to the Sick

  1. Gloria says:

    As a schoolteacher, I daily read to my students, and enjoyed the interaction as the stories moved along. I’ve put this title on my list for the local Bible bookstore so I can more effectively share the Word with those who can’t read for themselves. Thanks, Kathleen!

  2. Liana says:

    Another beautiful thread is sewn in the life of God’s child.

    • Kathleen says:

      Yes, it’s interesting that when a child of God reaches out to help another, he is blessed with a desire to serve God in more effective and creative ways.

  3. Linda Simson says:

    Wow! What a great idea! I have a friend that often says that she wants to visit the elderly in rest homes one on one, and perhaps this book would inspire her to actually get involved! This will be my next purchase! Thanks Kathleen

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