Or put another way - What is the one thing in life that you find hardest to handle?
I wonder how you respond to that question.
For me, the thing I find most difficult to handle, is seeing my father-in-law who used to be a keen golfer, gardener and walker incapacitated and unable to get about his home without a walking frame, and needing a wheelchair or mobility scooter to get around outside with no realistic prospect of getting any better.
The question 'What Hurts You The Most?' is at the heart of the one question survey that is carried out during the Listening Phase of the WHO CARES? Mission. Along with over 50 churches across Hampshire we will be conducting the survey during June and July. We will launch the survey on Sunday 4th June in our morning meeting as each of us fill in the cards for ourselves. Over the following 8 weeks we will be creating opportunities to ask the question in all kinds of contexts as we try and get responses from as many people as we can who live in Hook. I am especially excited that we will be working closely with St John's Church and Sacred Heart Church and we will be pooling our results so that we can consider how we can respond together with the Good News about Jesus.
Why ask 'What Hurts You The Most?'
- It's a question we want to know the answer to. We want to know what is going on around us in our community. It is not a trick question; we want to know their answer even if they are not interested in anything else we say.
- It's a universal question that everyone can answer because everybody hurts. The universal language of humanity is not love but pain, so everyone understands it.
- It helps us speak relevantly about Jesus Christ. Jesus related to each person individually according to their circumstance and need; there was no sense of one size fits all with Jesus. As his followers and ambassadors we are called to love and care for individuals and not see them as projects or targets.
- It's a question that interests others outside the church. The media understand why we are asking the question, councils understand why we are asking the question and they are interested not only in the results but also what we are going to do about it.
- It's a question that people are willing to answer. Wherever the question has been asked the response has been the same; people have been willing to answer. In many cases people are delighted that someone has cared enough to ask.
In May's issue of Lifelines you will read more about the different elements that make up the WHO CARES? Mission and start to learn how you can become involved. Please pay special attention to this edition and mark off the key dates in your diary.