Here, I have laid out cards, fabrics, supplies for the seven C.O.M.F.O.R.T. cards.

I'm thinking about the second card in the COMFORT card series, and I am mulling over what "Offer To Serve" might look like visually. I have certainly seen it in action by watching the service of my family and friends over the last three months. How do I paint, collage the essence of all they have done in their offering of service? These cards take time to process, and, well, I've been moving more slowly these days!

I like the idea of using the word, "offer" because I am suggesting a caregiver always be a detective, of sorts. He or she should be sluething as to what might be most helpful for someone in crisis or in a dark place. For example; a friend of mine, Marilyn, noticed I had not quite finished painting the walls of my kitchen, and she politely asked about it. I told her, with my lungs in the shape they are in, it would not be a good idea for me to paint them. She offered to paint them sometime if I wanted her to do so. I think she suggested a painting party. (Chemo brain was in full swing back then, so I don't remember.)

I was excited about the prospect of having something, I couldn't do for ages, to actually get done, but I wasn't going to ask anyone to do it for me. So, her offering started the ball rolling. Next, the Care Calendar administrator, Lori, put it on the calendar, the word got out, and the painting party actually happened yesterday. The important thing was Marilyn didn't force the idea on me, but offered. She showed me respect and had me make the ultimate decision, in how she showed this aspect of comfort.

Tomorrow, I hope to collage some shapes for the second card and share with you what I come up with for my ideas of the "essence" of "Offering to Serve." Here are a couple of photos from the painting party!


      

Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love, serve one another.