Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The Joy of Giving Ourselves
What do these crocheted slippers have to do with the Olympics, other than I crocheted them while watching the games? I’ll tell you at the end of this post. Don’t peek.
I used to meet with a group of fellow craft ladies, and we made simple gifts for shut-ins and nursing home residents. Every Christian has a deep need to help others, and if you can have a gab-fest and do something you enjoy—well, it doesn’t get much better than that.
As much fun as these gifts were to make, they were just an instrument to bring those of us who felt a need to help together with the lonely and sick. The real gift was the time we spent with those people who graciously received us. Knowing someone cared made them feel better, but I believe we who visited gained even more.
This rush-rush world we live in has eaten away at that precious time to visit the sick and to give of ourselves to the least of these. But the need still exists, as does the desire to give of ourselves and share something we really enjoy.
Since I’m becoming a serious writer, I’m constantly looking for an opportunity to encourage reading and promote books. One way may be to give away used books to retirement and nursing homes, including audio books for those who can’t read. Most churches have outreach programs. Why not take a book to sick church members?
That’s what I was thinking about as I crocheted these slippers and watched figure skating. The pattern is easy-peasy and the slippers surprisingly warm. If you’d like the pattern, you can contact me at elainehmanders at gmail dot com.
The slippers not only keep feet warm, they glide as easily over hardwood floors as skates do on the ice. Yes, I admit I tried it. If I had the skill, I could do those twirls, loops, triples and quads. For that reason, I recommend you tack a non-skid strip on the soles if you give them to the elderly and infirm. But for a child or an adult as foolish as me, they’re a lot of fun.
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