Have you been in the first aid aisle of a large convenience store lately? There are rows and rows of different types of bandages. Waterproof bandages, clear bandages, flexible bandages, small bandages…and bandages so large that a hospital visit seems to be a better option. The choice of bandages can be overwhelming, but perhaps you can learn something from the large selection.

  1. Grab two bandages from your own cabinet.
  2. Think about how someone has cared for you. Be specific. Did someone give you a hug when you most needed it? Bring you food when you weren’t feeling well? Pick up a child when you were running late?
  3. On one of your bandages, write the names of the person who helped you.
  4. Now consider how you’ve cared for someone else. Did you send a note of encouragement? Hold someone’s hand in the hospital waiting room? Write that person’s name on your second bandage.

There’s no one size, shape, or color of bandage that works for every wound. Care looks different for various situations and people. We meet people where they are and allow others to meet us where we are. Today, thank the person who cared for you. You can even place the bandage in a note card along with words of gratitude. Place the other bandage on your hand or arm to remind yourself of the importance of caring for one another, for “No one ever hates his own body, but feeds and takes care of it. And that is what Christ does for the church, because we are parts of his body” (Ephesians 5:29-30).

Pray and trust God, who knows when we need care and when we need to extend care to others.