When one is chronically ill, and a friend wishes to help her (or him!), the first thing that comes to mind is to bring a meal.
In fact, since the most popular gift to bring is a meal, I wrote the book, Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend to get people to think beyond food. Sometimes all we can think of is to bring a meal! Why is that? Well, a meal is a gift of comfort. And even though we –who are chronically ill–may be physically able to cook, it takes a burden off of us so that we can use the energy we would have spent cooking doing something else.
I have discovered that many people who cook for the chronically ill and offer to bring a meal to them, are actually ill themselves. Though it is easy to understand new mommies and those who have just had surgery are in need of meals, those who see a chronically ill friend at the bank and picking their daughter up from school, it’s hard to understand why they would need someone to cook for them.
But those who have a chronic illness understand just how much a meal can make a difference. It makes a difference in practical ways, like not having to cook dinner for your family that night. But it also tells someone, “I acknowledge your (invisible) illness. I recognize how hard it can be to just get through the day sometimes. I know how hard you are trying to do it all and not complain. Let me give you this gift.”
So, in that spirit, here at Rest Ministries we are providing some fun printables to use when you give someone a meal. These can be downloaded and then printed out. You can tape it onto the foil covering a meal, print it on label paper you can get at your local office supply store, or punch a hole and attach it with a piece of ribbon. When you bring a meal to a friend or a family, it makes that special meal a true gift and tells the person you are delivering it to that they are very special!
The circles can be added to any little item, condiment, gift bag of something, etc. with a note from you!
Please feel free to share these, “pin them”, print out and distribute them to people in your support group to use, email the link to your women’s ministry leader–whatever you can do to share. Our only stipulation is that you do not repost them as your own creation. Thanks! You can download these free printable meal delivery labels here or click the image below.
Looking for some tips when you are bringing meals to an ill friend? We have a whole article about this, How to Bring a Meal to an Ill Friend. (Like, what if she refuses, has allergies, has picky eaters for children and more)