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"Favorite Things: Ice Cream Cones"

August 20, 2004

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“I will bless her with abundant provisions.” Psalm 132:15

One of my favorite things is an ice cream cone. Our family used to live on Main Street. On warm summer evenings we would walk several blocks together to our favorite ice cream stand. There we would order double dips of the best ice cream in the world. Those delicious cones would last all the way home.

An ice cream cone for me symbolizes God’s special favor. Yes, He provides bread, meat, and potatoes for the supper table. Daily bread indeed. And I suppose many people enjoy gourmet meals in fashionable restaurants by His grace. But an ice cream cone represents a simple extra blessing of God, a taste treat available to most people, a testimony to God’s overflowing care.

God speaks of Zion in the psalm verse: “I will bless her with abundant provisions.” Abundant – over and above what is needed for survival. Abundant – delicious and delightful. Abundant – like the overflowing gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, who said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

Favorite things – ice cream cones for a growing family on a hot summer evening and abundant life through faith in Jesus Christ, the Savior!

PRAYER: Dar Lord, thank You for Your life freely given for us and for the extra delight of ice cream cones on a summer evening. Amen.

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