I recall that one article that caught my attention 3 years ago when I first started this blog was one of a mom’s call for help when nothing had worked for her child with severe eczema. After the publishing of the article on national (Singapore) paper, many came forward offering to buy what had worked for their child for this mom or sponsoring cash to defray the consultation and treatment cost of eczema. It is heart-warming to know that public (strangers) are so willing to help, and more so for parents who have been through caring for eczema children. I moderate on talkeczema forum daily, to provide support for those with eczema questions or struggles. And this devotional, is also an attempt to support you, the eczema online community.
In my own struggle, one community that had provided support is my bible study group. For those foreign to the concept of weekly bible study/fellowship, it is a response to the call in bible, one of which in Hebrews 10:24-26 ‘And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.’ None of the families in my bible study group had severe eczema, but all having gone through parenting, understand the demands on a first-time mom and provided prayer and practical support. One family brought their baby sling, another a cot and another a baby spring cot to see how my baby with eczema could sleep better. I do pray that we all have a source of support, from family, friends, fellowship group, online community, and God’s always with us.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 : Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Dear God, thank You for being with us. I pray that we can be a source of support and encouragement, that stems from genuine care and love for families with eczema children. I pray that You direct all moms and dads to find a community that they can draw support and share their experiences. You know who needs support most at this stage of caring for their child, draw them close to You.
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