Loving our neighbor

It was my pleasure again to accompany Mustafa’s mother to visit him today. He is now in the Adult Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. It was my first time in this department of the hospital, as we usually are just in the pediatric building.

The nurse attending to Mustafa explained his condition to us. He continues on the haemodialysis, and even though he’s asleep, the nurse confirmed that as he was responsive after the surgery, there isn’t any reason for us to think that there could be any damage to his brain. He also had an echo today, which showed that the surgery had been done successfully. This is really good news! He still needs some time and prayers to give his leg, kidneys and liver a chance to respond to the treatments and recover.

The nurse was so kind and friendly. I felt grateful that Mustafa is in such good hands. As all of the relationships in this building are new, none of the staff there know about Shevet Achim, and so the nurse asked me, “This is his mother, and you… are you his sister?” I quickly slid into an explanation of my “professional” relationship to Mustafa and his mother, and it felt quite incomplete.  I firmly added, “Yes, and now, I am also his sister!”

As Mustafa’s mother and I sat together, we discussed how family bonds are created, the kindness of people, who is our enemy, and who is our family. Later on, I thought about how our discussion reminded me of the words of Jesus:

“And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”  But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”     Luke 10:27-29, 37

Please thank God for building us together as a family in love, and thank Him for the blessing of being able to be a good neighbor to each other, as we stand together in intercession for Mustafa’s health.