The Gift of Stephen Ministry - by Dianne Dawson

In this season of gifts and giving I am grateful for the gift of Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministry is a gift to the congregation, to those who are sad, who may be grieving a loss or facing a difficult time in their lives.

A Stephen minister walks beside the care receiver through a time of sadness and helps them by listening. What a gift it is to have someone to listen just to you.

It isn't just the care receiver that receives a gift from Stephen Ministry. The Stephen minister is blessed by the relationship he or she has with the care receiver.

I have learned how to listen better to others. Listening is such an important skill in our relationships, and though I sometimes need to remind myself that the best thing to say to someone who is hurting is "tell me about it," I do know what to do when a friend or family member faces a crisis.

If you feel the need to receive this gift, either as a caregiver or a care receiver, please talk to a Stephen minister at Messiah.

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