After lunch today, I started a pot of coffee and Roger went out on the little green porch to enjoy the beautiful weather while he waited for a cup. Malin loves to fix her daddy a cup of coffee. (Which is ironic, because that’s something that I love to do for him too. But I guess there’s no one I’d rather share the pleasure with than my daughter.) She was outside chattering to him, and then she came in and asked me secretively, “Mom, is there anything I can comfort him with while he waits for his coffee?”
I don’t know if “comfort” was really the word she was wanting or not, but it was sweet. And that’s Malin for you. She loves to take care of people. When Shaun & Wendy were here Monday morning for our weekly meeting, she wanted to fix a cup of coffee for Shaun and carry it to him instead of him having to get it himself. Several times this week I’ve seen her get a drink for Lily and then hold the cup for her as she drinks.
Our ladies group spent a couple of months studying Spiritual Gifts, and ever since, I’ve been more aware of specific strengths that I see in myself and in other people. I know it’s early, but I’m going to go ahead and say that I think Malin has been given the gifts of service and hospitality.
I handed her Roger’s favorite bar of 85% chocolate and she looked very pleased when she came back in with the rest of it after he’d broken off his square. I never did go out there and sit with him. I think that’s what he was really waiting for, but there were just too many dishes…