If we’re friends on FAcebook, you probably know that we’ve spent the last two nights at the Ronald McDonald House at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. My daughter has a heart condition that is currently in the “watch and monitor” stage and that requires annual trips to Cincinnati.
Until the first time we were here, I never truly understood what wonderful places the Ronald McDonald Houses are. Friends of ours have spent significant amounts of time in one with their sick son and they’ve talked about it often. But they didn’t really do it justice. If you had asked me to describe the Ronald McDonald Houses from my conversations with them, I would have said, “It’s a really awesome place to stay that is structured around families who are away from home and need a place to stay with their sick kids.”
That’s only part of the story.
Last night, it hit me what makes the Ronald McDonald House such a special place…….
They sit with you.
They sit with you when you are in pain.
They sit with you when you are nervous and don’t know what to do.
They sit with you when you’re lonely.
I could go on and on and on but what it comes down to is that the Ronald McDonald Houses are built as places where people who are, in most cases, at one of the worst places in their lives and the staff and volunteers sit with people in those places.
They entertain the kids.
They cook so parents don’t have to.
They provide shuttle runs to local stores.
They sit and listen at the end of a tough day.
While they aren’t a religious organization, they truly are the hands and feet of Christ to weary, worn out families.
They aren’t afraid to sit with someone in their pain.
And by doing that, they are making a difference in many many ways in many many lives.
If only the church did more of that too.