The three wise men brought gold, frankincense and myrrh.
The 3 southern ladies bring a casserole, a pound cake, and a gallon of sweet tea.
From cradle to casket, we bring-we sign up and agree to menus, days, etc.
Unless it pertains to mental health.
Then we panic, we whisper, and the saddest of all- we do nothing.
A new baby can bring lasagna.
But a mental breakdown-
Picture it- a southern hot evening where you can’t buy a breeze, blackest of night, and you guessed it-nothing.
No church lady rotation.
My precious friend released from ICU after a suicide attempt wasn’t even welcomed back at church.
Suicide is still a whisper word in 2022.
I am here to tell you, silence kills more people each year than any weapon known to man.
I am begging you to get uncomfortable with the people you love.
Don’t accept the automatic answer.
Fine. Good. I got this. -We all know someone who is bluffing.
Put that face in front of you.
Practice in your head, your mind, your heart and prayers.
The 3 most courageous words you may ever ask are-
Can we talk?
Over 90% of people want to help, but they don’t know how.
If you need more help, call 988.
Whatever it takes.
Then follow up-“we had a tough conversation and I wanted to stop by and see how you are doing”-
And for goodness sake, take a casserole!
You know you have a prized recipe-
If not, here is mine from “Calling All Cooks”, page 238
All my love and start cooking ladies,