What would you like for dinner? That is what I asked my friend when she was recovering from a serious infection. Then I gave her a choice: “Would you like a chicken dish, pasta, soup and salad or pork tenderloin?” She immediately responded emphatically, “Not chicken. We have had chicken three days in a row, and Gary, (her husband,) is very tired of chicken!”

So when you offer to provide a dinner, give the recipient a choice of two or three main courses. It is also helpful if you use disposable containers. If that isn’t convenient, include your name on the returnable containers.)

Also, when, another friend, Pat, was critically ill and confined to her home, she said, “It was the highlight of our day when friends not only brought dinner, but also joined us for dinner and conversation. The diner-guest schedule was arranged by a friend and my parish nurse.” (One can also create an online signup sheet that makes it easy for friends and family to take meals to those in need. Check out online: Take Them a Meal.)

To download a free e-book on simple ways to care for the people in your life go to our post  titled 122+ Ways to Care Well.

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Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.


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