Lessons Learned from My Sickness – Part 19: Sensitivity

peace and quiet place
Peace and quiet bring healing to the body and mind.

This word, according to the dictionary means – the awareness and understanding of needs or feelings of others; the ability to respond to perceived inadequacies; the strength of physical and emotional reaction.

The opposite of sensitivity is apathy, numbness, unresponsive, unfeeling and hard-heartedness.

To be called “sensitive” is to be able to have a positive description.

Many favorable things happened in the lives of people because actions made by sensitive persons had helped solve their problems or eased the burdens they were carrying.

I owe a great debt of gratitude to many people whose sensitivity eased my pain, answered my needs and brought me joy.

The day after my release from hospital confinement was the Jaro fiesta. For those unfamiliar with the event, it means that traffic is closed, streets are filled with all kinds of vendors, noise and dirt pollution proliferates.

For us living in the central part of the district (near the Jaro plaza), it means being vulnerable to 24-hour noise, smoke and dirt pollution, and difficulty of transportation.

Being newly released from the hospital I still suffer from shortness of breathe and have difficulty in my physical movements.

The question which occupied my mind in anticipation of the fiesta was, “How can my body rest in the middle of such discomfort?”

Without my knowing it, sensitive members of Jaro Evangelical Church had already prepared for such an eventuality.

They had already made a reservation in a nearby beach resort to have a cottage to accommodate me and my family for two days so that we can avoid the inconveniences of the fiesta celebration!

The sensitivity of these concerned church members enabled them to plan in advance what to do during my time of need.

How wonderful to have Christian brothers and sisters like them!

I praise God for giving us sensitive members in the family of faith!

Posted on FB: 11 March 2015 – 2:56 PM

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces is the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He and wife, Martha have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.

Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.

In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he has lung cancer. He is undergoing chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny writes his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness”.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles. Please pray for Pastor Ronny’s healing.

PHOTO CREDIT: Boracay by Karl Hipolito; used with permission.