There are many ways to love someone, including making them a meal.
* A woman has just lost her father. She is trying to organise a funeral and comfort the rest of the family through their grief. An extra homecooked meal for the next couple weeks would be greatly appreciated. Adding a card might be an extra touch.
* A family is just welcoming a little baby into their lives. They are getting no sleep at night, and they don’t need extra visitors, just a little help for their survival. A couple of meals each week, frozen and delivered to their houses or a friend’s freezer might help them
* A man has been diagnosed with a serious illness. Some meals might help as he comes to terms with the shock, the prognosis and the long-drawn out treatment. For others it might be a longer term help.
If you see someone in this kind of situation, perhaps you or your Bible Study group could help? Of course you can drop over a meal, but there are really good websites that make the coordination a lot easier. www.takethemameal.com
If you would like to set up a meal roster for someone
- Check with the person that they’d be ok for you to set up a roster. Negotiate how long, how many meals and what allergies/preferences they have. Ask them if it would be ok to ask others to be on the roster.
- Meals can be delivered directly or stored in a freezer and dropped together.
- It is often worth trying to deliver the meal in containers that don’t need to be returned.
- Respect people’s privacy, need for space and their own complex situations.
There are other ways to help someone. I’ve heard of people picking up ironing baskets or offering to mow lawns too.
“Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor.” (Romans 12:10)