Since the coronavirus crisis started we’ve been busy delivering prescriptions to people living around Aberkenfig and Sarn. It’s been an honour to do it and we’re pleased that so many have chosen to rely on our services. We’ve had a range of reactions to our deliveries, as you would expect. There are people who are very cautious, and one lady I delivered to put on a pair of gloves before she touched the prescription bag. Some are the exact opposite and we’ve had to be careful to keep our distance.
Everyone’s grateful. Some say so as we deliver, others have written lovely posts on social media. No one has complained but we would continue delivering even if they did. We’ve had some amusing deliveries, like the desperate elderly couple who turned out to be young and were both in work when we arrived with their prescription. Then there was the lady who phoned and asked if we could delay our delivery until she’d had a nap. We didn’t delay.
The only frustrating deliveries that we’d rather not have, are those that when we arrive there’s no one at home. Not only do people miss their delivery which has to be returned to the pharmacy, the pharmacist has wasted time that could have been spent filling out another prescription. We ourselves waste time and fuel, but hey, we’re going to carry on no matter what. Why is that? Are we just incredibly nice, kind people? I’d like to think we are, but that’s not the reason we deliver prescriptions. We have a much more important reason.
In the Bible, in a letter to a church in Corinth, the apostle Paul used a remarkable phrase. He said “Christ’s love compels us”.(1) That’s why we deliver prescriptions. We have to because Christ’s love compels us. What does that actually mean? Well, it means that sharing Christ’s love is the driving force of our lives, and his love is always focused outward. Someone once asked him which is the greatest commandment. He said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”(2) Then he added, “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”.(3) He put loving people on the same level as loving God with your whole being, heart, soul and mind.
If we’re to be honest Christians our lives have to be lived in two directions, heavenward towards God and earthward towards people. That means we will do what we can to help you, and it is what we’ve been trying to do. We deliver prescriptions, pray for you, phone you and chat to you because Christ’s love compels us to do it. He loves you and asks us to love you too. He showed his love by dying for you, we show it by serving you.
(1) 2 Corinthians 5:14
(2) Matthew 22:37,38
(3) Matthew 22:39,40