Welcome to April. It’s been a long, cold journey and although I love winter and snow, I am ready for spring.
This month’s thought is about comfort. Hope is very much involved in comfort as the definition implies. “Relief from distress of mind: the ease and quiet which is experienced when pain, trouble, agitation or affliction ceases. It implies some pleasurable sensations derived from hope.” Webster 1828. It doesn’t take long in this life to be in need of comfort–I have comforted many newborns fresh from heaven.
Part of being intentional with hope is being able to grow it for yourself and then to share it. We all know someone or some family in need of comfort. Aches and pains, bumps and bruises, colds and sore throats are some of the everyday items in need of comfort. Then there is disease, severe illness, surgery, disabilities, and even death. The everyday stresses of 21st century living can put us in need of comfort–it’s tough out there. It is hard to know what to do or what to say to offer comfort. We don’t want to intrude or be rejected. This stops us and we all lose in the end–both the comfortee and the comforter.
When in doubt think of a kindness that you have experienced in your life at a stressful time and reciprocate. Kindness brings comfort and comfort brings hope.
Try these out:
card in the mail
a phone call just to say hi
watch a movie together
a chat over a cup of coffee
and the list can go on.
I have been on both ends of the gift of comfort. I have found that giving comfort/hope even when I am in need of some myself has magnified returns.
This month is about giving… comfort and hope, kindness and friendship.
I want to encourage you to give comfort to someone this month. I have several ideas of things to make. Some less crafty than others. If you want to comfort yourself, also–make two.
- A cute idea that requires no sewing…you could use some leftovers from the sachets we made to add some fragrance.
- A get well mug or a beautifully wrapped bar of soap with a crocheted washcloth
- A prayer box or a box of comforting sayings /prayers
How about a gift of homemade treats especially to those who can’t or don’t bake.
- A homemade hand/foot/body scrub.
- A fun gift in a jar–these are endless…candy, tea, coffee. or whatever comes to mind. Jars are a great way to package gifts.
Some other ideas :
A mug with bag of favorite coffee
A book that you enjoyed with a new book mark inside
Fragrant lotion and a pair of soft footies.
A new journal and pen for thoughts or prayers.
The list is endless. What brings you comfort and says I am thinking about you?
No crafting skill necessary–just a thoughtful approach to reaching out to someone else and offering hope and comfort.
Heidi Mull, sharing tidings of comfort and hope with my fellow travelers on the road of life.