Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sharing Home

As I rolled out pie crusts she watched and asked questions. When I tossed the apple slices with flour and sugar, salt and cinnamon she commented on always wondering how the filling was made.

"What will you do with that?" she asked as I gathered up the leftover fragments of pie dough and set them aside.

"Oh, this will be yummy -- I will fill it with butter and cinnamon, or maybe some jelly and butter. Always butter."

"What can I do to help? I will be glad to do something."

"Hmmm," I replied. "I know! How about the green beans. Wash them and snip the ends. Put them in the Dutch oven pot. I'll steam them a bit then saute them with garlic and almond slices."

She was an eager helper, a happy observer, and pleasant company as I whizzed along, making baked ziti, green beans, and apple pie.

And that is how simple it is to invite someone in to enjoy your home and family! She joined us for dinner and a birthday celebration. As she left she gave me a warm hug and thanked me for letting her be a part of the traditions we routinely enjoy.

"I am so happy to have seen how this works," was her comment.

So many young people haven't experienced the joy of home and family. Jesus' idea of covenant, marriage, and children is really a pretty good one after all. It is a source of joy, refuge, and stability. I am privileged and happy to share what He has given to me.

"Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee." Acts 3.6


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