I’ve tried to be transparent about this grieving process I’ve been through. I’m referring to the verse from Apostle Paul where he says that we are to comfort others with the comfort that we have been comforted with.
There is no time table for grief. I can be OK one day, and then from out of nowhere, a sight, smell, or memory triggers my senses. My loss envelopes me. It is usually when I am alone. People and activity really do help a person who is grieving.
My church family has made a huge difference in my life. I KNOW they pray for me and my kids.
They have physically moved my stuff into my home, helped with car repairs, mowed my lawn, and most often, reached out in ways that they might not even realize was significant to me.
One Sunday morning, I was walking down the aisle to my seat. A lady I know, but not very well, was seated with her husband. As I stopped to greet them, Arlene said to me, “Sue, you look like you need a hug.” I don’t remember being especially sad that day to the point where it was obvious to others, but I laughed and said, “That’s an offer I will NOT refuse!”
As this sweet lady hugged me tightly, I felt so loved and cared for at that moment. I had forgotten how powerful that touch can be!!
You just never know how a simple hug, a listening ear, or a word fitly spoken can make a difference in the life of someone. I never see that dear lady in church that I do not remember that hug. I’m quite sure she has forgotten that day…but I haven’t!
I’m sharing today the recipe for Arlene’s Apple Pie. Her daughter, Glenda, gave it to ME to share with YOU. (I’m sneaky when I need to be.)
Leave me a comment about how you creatively encourage others. I’d sure love to hear from you.
Arlene’s Apple Pie
Pie crust for top and bottom
1 – (3 to 5) lb. Bag of apples (McIntosh or Jonathan ) works best
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
2 tsps cinnamon
2-1/2 Tbs butter cut in pats
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put bottom crust into pan and dry slightly in oven. Do not overbake.
Peel and slice apples into thin slices. Mix sugars and spices together and mix into the apple slices.
Put apples into bottom crust and top with the pats of butter. Put on the top crust and flute edges. Cut air vents for steam to escape.
Brush top crust with milk and sprinkle with some granulated sugar.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes then lower temperature to 350 degrees. Bake another 30 to 40 minutes. Pie is done when crust is a golden brown and bubbly. Apples should be tender when checked with fork.