Perhaps you remember my post When Wonder Taps on Your Window from last summer?
In it, I shared how an older woman tapped on my car window at the least expectant moment. I’d not seen her in years but she quickly filled the gap with questions. It went something like this: Cathy,
do you remember the basket you made for me and Keith? (Her husband
was terminally ill at the time.) You had little gifts in it and each one
had a Scripture verse that matched the gift. Some women in my church
would like to start making the same baskets for hurting people in our
church. Could you write those down for me?
Below are a few of the gifts that were tucked in Keith’s basket that day. Each includes a suggested tag along with a Scripture verse.
- A pocket-pack of
Kleenex (Pier One has colorful options for less than a dollar.) Taped to the pack, a tag read: Not one of your tears has gone unnoticed by
your heavenly Father. He cares…and so do I. You have kept count of my wanderings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? (Psalm 56:8)
- Mini-loaf of bread.
Tied with a pretty ribbon, the tag read: Jesus, the bread of
Life, is the source for all your needs — emotionally, physically, and
spiritually. Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35)
- Votive candle. I dropped the votive in a small
clear bag and tied the top with a simple cord or ribbon, with a tag that read: You’re not alone during this difficult time. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
Know someone in need of a little encouragement this week? The gifts above are practical and inexpensive but they point to an extravagant Love.
If you have an idea to add to the list, I’d love to hear more. To God be the glory!
of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17