Daily Bread November 16

What’s in Your Recipe Box?
Grace Andrews of Independence, MO, USA

Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding…search for hidden treasures…and wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. -Proverbs 2:2-10 paraphrased

As I searched for a particular recipe, one peeked out from the others. Neatly typed on an index card, complete with strike-overs, the title said, “Orange toast – Grace\’s 7th Grade Cooking Class.” It had been safely tucked away in the recipe box for 72+ years and somehow completely forgotten. Intrigued, I checked to see if I had all the ingredients and, wonder of wonders, I did. What followed was a delightfully simple breakfast. My sweet husband jubilantly said, “You can make this anytime!” On a whim, I emailed the recipe to each of our children and they responded happily, saying they were absolutely going to try it. What fun! It had survived all those years hidden from sight and now brought a ray of sunshine.

I began to wonder what else was in, not only my recipe box, but my memory box. Long forgotten memories which might be shared with my children and grandchildren. What special experiences and testimonies are hidden away that could bring delight to this new day? Old Christmas letters providing family history, saved sermons full of remembrances of special happenings and thought-provoking experiences. Thoughtful study which had gone into preparations for classes. Favorite books read and then abandoned on crowded bookshelves to gather dust. They might contain renewed insights. My evangelist blessing begged to be opened one more time to rediscover counsel given so many years ago. Our beautiful scripture books with marked pages, needing to be opened to gather renewed strength and wisdom.

Such a simple thing…What’s in your recipe box? If we gather all those hidden memories and bring them out into the light again, joy will be ours in the morning-as it was mine.

Prayer Phrase

My ordinary life is a sacred place.

Spiritual Practice

Sacramental Living

“…our everyday ordinary lives are also sacred places, or put another way, the sacred place of our living. As dwellers within the Sacredness of Creation, there is potential to be aware and appreciate the holy within the ordinary. You may remember times when it felt like you were seeing the world through God’s eyes. That’s a good description for what it means to live sacramentally-to sense divine Spirit amid daily activities.” -Jane M. Gardner, “Sacramental Living,” September/October 2019 Herald, p. 5

How are you invited to live sacramentally today?

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