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04. March 2012

I’m writing this from home as I recover from major surgery.  I’m feeling much better now, but the first couple of weeks were tough…pain (pain meds!) fatigue, and the inability to do much of anything but rest and heal.  

While grateful to loved ones who sent flowers and cards and called to check on me, I will never forget the kindness of a group of women who reached out to me in a way I could not have imagined…helping Tom and I get through those first, difficult weeks in a way that was loving, personal…and practical.

The beautiful ladies in my Bible study group got together and decided to minister to me with meals!  What a gift!  Every day, a delicious, nutritious, home-cooked meal appeared on our doorstep…lovingly prepared by a different gal each day.  When I learned how my friends organized such a feat, I just had to tell you about it. 

Our study group leader, Dana, used a nifty website called MealTrain.com.  The site makes it easy to organize meals for someone going through a tough spate..  It’s free and you can put the word out via e-mail and/or Facebook.   

Before my surgery, Dana asked about my food preferences and whether Tom and I had any food allergies…then each lady in our group went to the site and picked a day and a meal she’d like to bring.  (That helped prevent the delivery of four lazagne dinners in a row!)

When all I could do was lay around and wait for the haze from the anesthesia to lift, angels appeared each day…Mandy with her warm and hearty chicken and veggie penne pasta… Monica with her cool and tangy taco salad and Vicki with her secret recipe chicken and rice soup.  As the pain subsided, I was nourished with more of my favorites… turkey chili and cornbread, beef and barley soup…even salmon and wild rice from sweet Lauren.

With a little help from an innovative website, my friends brought a little joy  and sustenance to a couple going through a tough time.   I can’t recall ever feeling more loved and cared for. 

Meals, of course, are a great way to communicate love and care in a variety of circumstances-

*when a new family moves into the neighborhood
*when there’s a death
*when someone is ill, injured or hospitalized
*when a woman friend suffers a miscarriage or during a difficult pregnancy
*when there’s a new baby
*when someone’s spouse has been recently deployed 

It may not seem like a big deal, but those meals…prepared and delivered so lovingly…help heal, body and soul.  I’ll never forget the kindness of those dear ladies and I pray a huge blessing on each one of them.  For me those meals were grace made edible. 

For more information, go to www.MealTrain.com.

Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@palomarhealth.org.