At times when people are hurting or have experienced a loss, providing a meal can help take some of the weight off of those involved in the situation. Many times this allows an individual not to have to worry about what their family or friends are going to eat as they may be in and out of their house during this time. When we meet the basic physical needs of people, it often allows us to minister to them spiritually. When you examine scripture, you find that Jesus often addressed a physical need before he addressed a spiritual need. We can follow His example. As we do this simple act of care, we can often help with more than this simple physical need.
A website that I have found to be helpful in coordinating meals for people is www.takethemameal.com. This simplifies the communication and organization of providing for people during times of sorrow and times of celebration. Very useful, I hope you find it helpful.
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