It’s been just over a year since Sara entered the gates of heaven.
I miss her every day.
If you don’t know Sara’s story, please watch this video. Though she was home bound, she impacted lives around the world.
With her in Iowa and me in Tennessee, there were many moments when I couldn’t be there for her in the ways that I wanted to be. I couldn’t go pick up a Sonic slushie for her. I couldn’t pop in to give her a hug. I wasn’t there physically.
But she had plenty of friends who were.
And I am so thankful for the ways they poured into her life and demonstrated what community looked like.Here are 5 ways her local community served her and how we can be like them:
1. Bring food: Food is such an easy way to serve others. There were some days when all Sara could stomach were Sonic slushies, and so that is what her friends brought her. Know that someone is sick? Bring them some soup. It’s not cliche. It’s kindness.
2. Offer to watch someone’s kids (or pets!): While Sara didn’t have kids, she did have the blog dog, Riley. And some days she would need a break and a friend would scoop him up and love on him a bit. We just moved and I can’t tell you how thankful I am for friends who offered to watch my kids while we ran errands and got settled. One day a friend called and said, just bring your kids over and go get a coffee by yourself. She recognized my need for some quiet time and filled the gap for me.
3. Send a card: Nothing brightens a day like sending a card to someone – even if they just live down the street. A class in Sara’s town “adopted” her and would often make her cards. These cards brought her so much cheer.
4. Help with housework: Sara’s circumstances made it difficult for her to stand for long periods of time and she couldn’t go outside. Local friends often filled the gap by doing things for her that she couldn’t do – like planting flowers and setting up Christmas lights.
5. Run errands: Again, because Sara was homebound, she had to depend on others to run errands for her. It was a gift that she could call a friend when she needed a prescription picked up or a some extra groceries. Is there someone in your life that you could help by running an errand for them? When I was really sick during my last pregnancy a friend offered to go grocery shopping for me just so it was one less thing to worry about.
I’m so thankful for the gift Sara was in my life – and for all the ways her local friends loved her well.
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