To answer the question of this title, What’s cookin’ in the parsonage? I’d have to say, that this weekend, the best thing that was cooked up was encouragement. Some of that did come in the form of meals – cooked and presented by my daughters, and other thoughtful people at our church. But I found encouragement stirred up in clean, folded laundry, and the orders to, “Go to take a nap.” It came through a verse left on my cell phone’s voice mail, a basket of fruit, an errand run in our stead, or a bowl of soup delivered for lunch. Those that have come by to just pray with us or my mother-in-law have deeply ministered to our hearts. Encouragement also came through people who stopped at my pew in church to inquire how things are going. It also came simply through a hug or a squeeze around the shoulders.
I know that all the people that gave the encouragement to us would say that what they did was just a small thing, but often that’s the biggest way to let someone know you care. I’m sure I would be as Anne of Green Gables today who found herself “in the depths of despair,” if it weren’t for the loving gestures of our friends and family. Of course, as a child of God, we are never without hope, but in an emotionally draining situation like sitting with a family member diagnosed with stage four cancer, it’s easy to lose a biblical focus without people cooking up some encouragement in whatever way the Lord puts on their heart.
We are so grateful for every kindness and every prayer on our behalf. We know that For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, (Hebrews 4:15), but it’s a special blessing when someone “with skin on” comes along to remind us of God’s love. Their kindness and words become His hands and His voice. God is at work in each of our lives, and we are truly blessed!