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Comfort Food February 28, 2012

Filed under: Family,Hospitality,Teaching and Learning,Uncategorized — Acts of Love and Good Works @ 11:06 pm

Lent Day 7

I had my eyes peeled this morning  looking for ‘a symbol of mercy in the ordinary’. While rifling through the kitchen cabinets, trying to figure out what to prepare for my sister who has just undergone surgery, I spotted everyday mercy–comfort food. This is what we do, right? When someone is sick, when babies are born, when people die, when milestones are met: we offer the comfort of food.

When both my babies were born there was a steady stream of delicious casseroles deliver to my home by our church family. Meals were quietly brought in and arranged in the kitchen, while mom and baby rested on the sofa. Quick hellos and blessings were offered, prehaps a short visit, and they were on their way. It was a favor offered, a mercy, without expecting anything in return. My brother-in-law asked about all the food,

“Do you know all these people?”

“Mostly,” I answered, “they are church family and friends”.

” I have never seen anything like this,” he responded, incredulous to the well-oiled machine that is church hospitality.

Those meals were amazing. Anyone who has had a child knows what an enormous blessing it is not to have to plan a meal, shop, or cook for a few weeks. The power of food to comfort is pretty amazing. It can be a cup of tea for a friend, hot coco for a child just in from the cold, a piece of candy snuck into a husbands’ lunch box, chicken noodle soup for the sick, or a banana bread for a new neighbor. God Himself provided the manna that sustained the Israelites on their travels through the desert. We too have the power to sustain, heal, and comfort on this side of heaven. An everyday necessity, and ordinary solution. When people are tired, or hungry, or sick, or happy, we feed them.

So there it was, right in my kitchen, the ingredients to bake something, the ability to offer compassion and caring, a symbol for mercy in the everyday.

For tomorrow

The color of mercy


2 Responses to “Comfort Food”

  1. Pat Aho Says:

    I was not finding a symbol of mercy in my ordinary. Makes me laugh cuz I put it in the list. i was just looking too hard. I prefer to write with a pencil. Why? Well Duh, because it has an eraser. I have them everywhere with the extra erasers on them. Love your comfort food. “When I was hungry, you fed me…”

  2. the color of mercy should be interesting, hope I can find something. I love these ‘assighnments’

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