This morning some of my coworkers took my roommate to the ER. For the past couple days, pain has been flaring up in her abdominal area. It turns out, after six long hours in the hospital, she has a kidney stone and must wait for it to pass.
I was glad that among our staff, we have a few nurses who were willing to take Moriah to the hospital. They were a great comfort to her, sitting with her and bringing her Chik-fil-a. Even though I was neither a nurse or a patient, the event completely re-shaped my day. I woke up to urgent questions about where she was and what she was doing. Since I was tired after the alarming wake-up, another coworker graciously let me leave Chinese practice early, once we had offered up a simple prayer for her in Mandarin.
Still a little cranky later in the morning, I was short with someone and had to ask for forgiveness after someone else pointed out that we needed to seek unity. Realizing that she was right, I resolved to look for ways to love other people in the way that they would best receive it. My opportunity came when a coworker asked if someone could fold and stuff donation envelopes since the whole finance team was at the ER. Coming back to the apartment, it was a joy to see my friend again and sit with her for a while–much better than the long walk I had planned.
Moriah’s pain changed the course of events because we are a community who is dedicated to caring for each other. In the Bible this is described as a body: “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ . . . If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” I realized that just as Moriah’s pain will change as her kidney stone passes from one part of her body to another on its exit, sometimes, we have to pass each other stones so that one member among us may be healed.