Monday, May 18, 2020 - Friday, May 22, 2020
It’s been a beautiful 9 weeks of gathering in different ways for prayer as the Ridgewood family. Many prayers have been lifted in faith to our awesome God. The Bible says this about our requests. And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. 1 John 5:14-15
However, many times we do not realize that we are the answer to someone else’s prayer. By being generous or attentive or forgiving or helpful we become what someone else was needing. How amazing is that?
So during the week, we are going to provide creative ideas of ways that you can be the answer to prayer while still adhering to social distancing parameters. We would love for you to record your act of kindness by taking a picture or a short video of what you choose to do and email it to us at , or feel free to keep your act anonymous and send us just a sentence or two describing your experience.
How I Can Be an Answer to Someone's Prayer
- Call someone who might need some company
Know someone who might need companionship these days — be it a family member or friend? Give them a call, or at least check in with them! You never know how much they may appreciate your company and time.
- Donate to a charity
A lot of nonprofits, from orphanages to food programs, are in great need these days — precisely when they are needed the most! See if you can spare a buck or two and help their vital missions continue.
- Write someone a letter
A little old-fashioned, I know, but it’s still a beautiful way to communicate with someone. A letter is a lasting, tangible reminder of your love and care for that person. And who doesn’t love receiving an uplifting surprise in the mail?
- Leave flowers on someone’s doorstep
Have an occasion to celebrate, or just want to make someone’s day? Drive by and leave a bouquet of flowers on someone’s doorstep!
- Buy a little extra when you grocery shop and drop it off at the local food bank
Grocery shopping may be troublesome these days, but imagine trying to buy food for your family under financial strain. On your next shopping trip think of those who can’t afford to feed their families and buy a little extra. Bring these items to your community food bank and drop them off in their specified donation areas!
- Have a (safe-distance) conversation with your neighbor
How well do you know your neighbors — your actual neighbors? Now’s a great time to have a chat when you see them walking the dog or mowing the lawn. Ask them how they’re doing and encourage them to reach out if they need anything.
- Smile and say hi to the people you pass by
It’s one of the simplest things you can do, but surely it’s still needed. As you walk by others, give them a smile (even if they are farther away than normal)! Spread hope and warmth in this little way, despite the times!
- Clean your home
Cleaning shared spaces can be a nice act of kindness for those you live with (and even for yourself, if you live alone). It makes home environments more pleasant and can also bring much joy to that parent or spouse who's been asking you to finally do the dishes.
- Bake something nice for your family
If you find yourself with free time, see if you can bake bread, cake, or other sweets to share with those at home. You’ll definitely be bringing great happiness to the bellies of those around you!
- Say “yes” when a family member asks to spend time with you
Say “yes” to that board game, movie, walk, or workout, even if it isn’t exactly your cup of tea!
- Practice patience
Though small, this one might be one of the toughest on the list. Is someone on your nerves these days? Try to bring peace and harmony into your home by practicing patience and be aware of not jumping directly into anger. It’s also important to note that everyone is stressed and uncertain these days. Try not to be hard on your family members or roommates during this time.
- Put an inspiring note on your window
This is a great one if you live with kids, or if you’re a kid at heart yourself. With so many frontline workers to thank for keeping us safe, and so much need for hope, this is a simple but sweet way to uplift those in your community.
- Compliment someone
This one is easy peasy and can be done at any time. Compliment someone at home or in your circle of friends. Let them know what you admire or appreciate about them! Quarantine certainly does not limit this act of kindness!
- Offer to run an errand
Offer to run an errand for someone who is in the at-risk group — a parent, a neighbor, a friend. This can mean the world to someone who is especially stressed about contracting the virus.
- Let someone know that you have prayed for them
Who doesn’t like to know that their needs have been lifted to God’s ears?