Yesterday I was helping in the kitchen at our church as we were providing a luncheon for those attending a funeral. I thought about all the churches and all the kitchen workers over the years who have provided comfort in the form of food after a funeral. Preparing food seems to be a universal response, something we want to do to help those who are grieving.
Does food erase grief? No, of course not. But providing this meal for those grieving lets them know we care. It supplies something practical while letting them know we are there, we see them, we support them in their time of sadness. This is what we do.
A verse from the Bible then kept running through my head. It is from 1st John 4:7...
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.