Written by: Warren W. Wiersbe
On weeknights, our church is filled with recovery and support groups for people with all kinds of problems. In addition to the Alcoholics Anonymous and weight-control groups that meet in our church basement, our pastor recently helped form a prayer and support group for Parents of Teens-which our church secretary insists on abbreviating as the “POT group” on the church calendar. Some of us feel left out.
I think it’s about time to start a sympathy-and-sharing group for hemorrhoid sufferers. In spite of the fact that we’re now talking openly about child abuse, spouse abuse, and even clergy sexual abuse, nobody is yet willing to use the dreaded H-word in public.
How do you locate the hemorrhoid creams in your local supermarket? Look for the shoppers in trenchcoats, dark glasses, and fake moustaches. Why the cloak-and-dagger look? We don’t get no respect. And not much sympathy either. If you dare to mention, sotto voce, that you’re suffering from hemorrhoids, you get a smirking “I’m sorry,” but nothing from the heart.
Today, it seems the only way to get respect is as a victim. So I propose that our church organize a victim identification seminar. We could give it a spiritual-sounding name like VINE (which would stand for Victim Identification and Networking Event). Like the workshops we have to help people identify their spiritual gifts, this ministry would help people recognize their particular victimization and channel them into the right support groups. Actually, I don’t care what group I get into, as long as I get some sympathy-and a soft chair.
Written by Warren W. Wiersbe
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