My husband and I stayed in our first home for almost two years. I never imagined I’d one day consider two years in one location as a luxury. We’ve moved many times since then and left behind a number of dear friends.
A couple months ago, several of my long-distance girlfriends went through hard times. They all lived in different states, and visiting them wasn’t possible, so I decided to send care packages. The deep thanks from my friends confirmed the packages weren’t just bubble envelopes filled with gifts. They were fresh drafts of encouragement.
Whether your friends live miles away or right next door, you can assemble a meaningful mix of gifts. Here are some ideas:
- Food treats—favorite candy, homemade cookies/muffins/bread, nuts, snacks
- Tea, coffee, or favorite drink mixes
- Beauty products, such as lip balm, lotion, or skin scrubs (lots of recipes online for cheap and easy homemade scrubs!)
- Supplies for your friend’s hobby
- Photos or other mementos from a recent visit
- An article from a magazine or blog that you think will encourage your friend
- A magazine or book you’ve read that applies to her life at present
- A prayer you’ve copied from a prayer book or the Psalms and personalized to your friend
- If you’re a crafty type, an item made by you
- A journal or notebook you’ve filled with prayers for your friend
- Small gifts suitable to her interests (for example, bookmark, stationery, cooking gadget, recipe cards, beaded bracelet, or gift card)
- A letter or card with a message in your own words. Tell her why you’ve been thinking of her, what you’re praying for her, or how you can see God at work in her life.
Once you’ve gathered all the items for your care package, decide how you will package them. You might place everything in one basket or bag and deliver it. Or you may want to wrap each item individually before packing them into a container. If you need to mail the care package, make sure you’ve packaged everything appropriately—especially baked goods or any breakable items.
Before you deliver or mail the care package, take a few moments to pray over it. Ask the Lord to use those gifts to draw your friend closer to Himself. Ask Him to encourage her when she receives the package. Pray the package will come at the perfect moment.
James 5:15 says God responds to the prayer of faith, offered on behalf of the sick. He responds by raising up the sick. Your friend’s sickness may be physical, emotional, financial, spiritual, or something you can’t even discern. But through your care and your prayers, God can raise your friend up.
By Rachelle Dawson, The MoverLeave a Comment