“Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end.” Lamentations 3:22 CSB
I am not one of those people who thinks about taking meals to others in need. I’m not quite sure why I’m like this. But I have people in my life who have this gift, and it amazes me. My tennis partner has this gift. If she hears of someone that is sick, she takes a meal. If there is someone who is coming home off of a long trip, she takes a meal. Whether it’s newlyweds coming home from their honeymoon, or a friend who has lost her husband, she takes a meal. A few weeks ago, we had a friend who was struggling. When I found out I immediately called to let my partner know. She stopped in for a visit two days later to see what she needed. I’m not sure if this comes from being a mom, which she is and I’m not, or if it’s just the way God makes us. I do know, her actions of love are so immediate, so sincere, and they always bring comfort. My goal is to be more like her. Although, I can’t cook nearly as well as she does, so there is that.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re sending a meal to someone, they come from an article on Thriving Home, written by Polly. First off, do what you love. Whatever your go to dish is, do it. Mine is lasagna, it’s one thing I make well, if I’m making a meal for someone, they’re getting lasagna. Polly’s second tip is drop off a freezer meal, something they can have later. Also why I do lasagna, easily frozen. Polly also suggests taking something that transports easily, or a dry meal. A dry meal is where some of the ingredients are uncooked, so there is some prep work required with them. If you don’t have time or don’t want to cook, send or drop off a gift card to a restaurant, order a pizza to be delivered or pick up carry out. Another option is to offer to go to the grocery store for them and pick up whatever they want or need. And, there are websites where you can actually send a meal to them with a click of the mouse.
When we reach out to someone in need, we’re being God in the flesh for them. We’re extending His mercy to them, whatever their situation may be. The Lord creates people who deliver casseroles effortlessly because they are an extension of His love. He is faithful, and they are His servants putting His word into action. If you’re like me, and not go to casserole girl, it doesn’t mean He isn’t using you in some other way. A person can only eat so many casseroles, but they are always in need of prayer and support in other ways. I am the go to note girl, my first inclination is to write a note letting them know I’m praying for them, God loves them and so do I. Today though, I’m going to try and take a meal to someone in need, or order them a pizza, it could go either way. Have fun with it!