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"Baking Blessings"

November 11, 2004

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“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

Kitchen delight. Baking in process. Sift the flour. Measure and pack down the brown sugar. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Mix the ingredients. Spoon out the teaspoonfuls on the cookie sheet. Bake. Smell the aroma and eat the finished product. A blessing of God!

As Jesus says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.” An abundance of grain poured into the fold of the garment for use in preparing the daily meal. The widow of Zarephath discovered that the cruse of oil and flour in the jar never emptied as she continued to bake bread for Elijah and her family. God’s bountiful blessing!

Baking blessings. As we prepare good things for others and lovingly use the ingredients He supplies, God’s blessings flow in abundance. God spared not His Son but gave Him up for us all. “Freely [we] have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). The lesson learned in the kitchen applies to life in the factory, the school, the neighborhood, and the church. “For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” All by grace. All from God’s love. Shared with others freely and abundantly, freshly baked cookies are indeed baking blessings!

PRAYER: Lord God, help me to use the gifts You have given me and to freely share these gifts with others. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Daniel 3-4    Titus 2

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