Creatively Minister to a Grieving Family

Creatively Minister to a Grieving Family

 I’ve learned first-hand how much the family of God can minister to a grieving family in what might be considered seemingly SMALL ways to the giver, but of immense comfort to the RECEIVER.

Anything that disrupts our lives significantly can put us in a crisis state-death, job loss, illness…all these are opportunities to make a difference.

We lived in Indiana at the time of my husband’s death.  The funeral had been in our home state of MS.

It was about a month after Greg died that a dear lady from my SS class came to my home with supper for me and the kids.  She also came with the intent to do something practical for me.  She professed to have no special talent, but I assure you, this lady was a dynamo.

Bonnie is the mother of 5 children. She runs her household with cheerfulness, and diligence.  She has the energy of a 2 year old, and she is not afraid to use it.   

That day she graciously insisted that I attend to the many details that follow the death of a spouse, while she set about to give a detailed clean to my kitchen.

It wasn’t a huge mess, but it wouldn’t pass the white glove test either.  Dusting just wasn’t high on my priority list at this point.  Bonnie stayed for most of the day.  I dealt with phone call after phone call knocking a few things off my urgent to-do list. 

By the time she left that day, she had cried with me over my loss & listened to my fears and worries for my children & the future without Greg.  She GENTLY reminded me of Truth from the scriptures.

Her physical presence injected a little extra courage and hope into my life that day. Bonnie lived the verse in Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens.

Her lasagna recipe is featured today.  Dinner that night was extra delicious because of Bonnie’s gift of time to me.

Bonnie’s Lasagna

1 lb hamburger
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp green pepper flakes
5 small cans tomato paste
3-4 cups water

Brown hamburger.  Add rest of the ingredients & simmer for 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool slightly.

10 Lasagna noodles
1 tsp salt
2 tsp oil
Cook in boiling water with salt & oil for about 10 minutes. Drain & set aside.

1 (24 oz) cottage cheese
3 eggs
1 tsp parsley flakes
Salt & pepper
Mix together. Set aside.

16 oz mozzarella cheese, grated
16 oz Swiss cheese, sliced
Parmesan cheese, about ½-3/4 cups

In a 9×13 pan,
Layer 1- 1/3 of meat sauce
Layer 2-5 noodles across pan
Layer 3-1/2 of cottage cheese mixture
Layer 4-1-1/2 cups mozzarella, swiss cheese, sprinkle with Parmesan

Repeat layers ending with meat sauce, & sprinkling with Mozzarella & Parmesan.

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.