Healing through Community and Comfort

Healing takes work, and our faith also reminds us that healing involves being gentle with ourselves. When our feelings have been hurt and we’re feeling sad and lonely, sometimes the best thing to do is comfort ourselves. One way might be comfort food. Another way might be to spend time with a beloved pet. So what’s one of the ways our faith guides us into becoming a people of healing? It tells us to “Find ways to comfort yourself!”

Right now community feels difficult, but it is important to remember that even while distant, we are here together. Stone Soup is made together with pieces everyone contributes. Since we aren’t able to give each other physical ingredients, we are instead going to give a suggested ingredient from other families. 

Read or listen to Stone Soup by John Muth

Vegetable Soup

You can put whatever vegetables you like in this soup, from seasonal fresh veggies to frozen. Seasoning can also be dependent on flavors your family enjoys (My family loves Lawry’s Seasoning Salt and Paprika!)

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (1 medium)
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped carrots (about 5)
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped celery (about 3)
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth* or vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped frozen or fresh green beans
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. 
  2. Add onions, carrots, and celery and saute 4 minutes then add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer.
  3. Add in broth and spice
  4. Bring to a boil, then add green beans (and any additional vegetables)
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until potatoes are almost fully tender, about 20 – 30 minutes. .

 *For more flavor add in more dried herbs, other good herbs to add include basil, oregano, marjoram, or Italian seasoning.