The Gift of a Meal
By Stephanie Riemer
God calls people to serve in many great ways. Perhaps you’re sleeping with the lions or you’re parting the Red Sea while I... I am serving food. But, if you ask me, I think food is pretty great.
I find such irony in the fact that I feel passionate about sharing food. For many years, I hid behind the very capable culinary skills of my husband. As time passed, however, I began to remember my childhood and seeing many meals going out our front doors to be shared with our friends and neighbours. I began to understand what my mom had being doing with all of those (very delicious) hash brown casseroles.
Showing up with a warm meal at someone’s door is a completely practical way to show someone you care. The reality is that, even when life is tough, dinner time still inevitably comes! Sandi Richard, meal planning guru and cookbook author, writes that “you can step over the laundry pile, but you can’t step over dinner”. How true is that! So when you have a brand new baby, or an aching body, or a broken soul, I believe that a meal prepared by someone else is a simple, yet significant gift.
When we started the Take Them a Meal ministry a year and a half ago, I had no idea how encouraged I would be by seeing the servant hearts of the members of our church. So often I send out a meal schedule (via email) and within hours, it has started filling up. Since December of 2011, we have sent out over 20 meal schedules, totaling over 100 meals. The creative website of takethemameal.com has allowed us to create simple meal schedules, coordinating many enthusiastic cooks within our church.
Are you looking for some place to serve? Do you love (or at least like) to cook? Consider signing up to be a part of this ministry.
Remember - even a very simple meal that someone else made is usually about twice as good as something you cooked!