Wendy had the Cooking Channel on the TV all day Saturday, watching “Good Eats- Reloaded”.
“I just can’t stand watching any more news. They are still angry. They won’t stop. They are never satisfied….”
I had a conversation around noon with a husband and wife who I knew were liberal progressive hard-core democrats, and we talked about college, college professors, kids, grandkids, Texas A&M sweet onions, birthday parties, and dogs.
It was nice.
No one got angry.
No one argued.
Do you ever get tired of all the conflict?
Living every moment fighting for what your side believes?
Waking up every morning to see if the other side has stumbled or fallen?
What good are we doing?
The Bible talks about the nations plotting against the Plan of God.
Nothing new…it’s been going on since the beginning.
In politics, all sides do it.
Seriously, it’s kind of a fruitless battle.
Fighting against the One who can stop your heart or give you eternal life or bless you or curse you or open your blind eyes or open your deaf ears or give you the right to become His child…
Biting the hand that feeds you?
How can you change someone’s mind?
“When you pray…”
(Not if, when)
“…You pray in secret, and your Father will reward you openly. “( Matthew 6).
“Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”
Psalms 2:11-12 ESV
“Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…and deliver us from the evil one.”
For God’s kingdom is The Kingdom
God’s power is The Power
God’s glory is The Glory
Forever and ever.
And so it is.
I remember my first experience with fast food.
Dad drove the six of us in his new 1960 Chevy Bel-Air to the new Griff’s Hamburger joint in Lochwood shopping center.
15 cent hamburgers.
Six hamburgers for ninety cents.
For some time now, my oldest brother’s favorite food was my mom’s spaghetti.
I liked it, too, but, apparently, the rules were, I had to come up with my own favorite food.
When he chose apple pie, I chose cherry pie.
So, when he chose spaghetti…
Yep. I chose hamburgers.
And now, if Dad could only come up with fifteen cents, I could eat hamburgers any time I wanted.
So we took dinner home in a paper sack, and ate these hamburgers at the dinner table.
I guess, in theory, it was a hamburger, but really, thin meat, bun, pickle, mustard, and ketchup somehow just didn’t seem to fit into the “favorite food” category.
Then, Hardee’s came along with “flame broiled” hamburgers…also for 15 cents.
Much better…, well maybe a little.
But, they still wouldn’t stand the test of “favorite food”.
But, that was my introduction to the fast food industry, and, that industry became a part of my generation’s culture.
“It takes two hands to handle a Whopper ”
“Two all beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onions on a sesame seed bun”
“Where’s the beef?”
But, when it got right down to it, the convenience and the price point never quite brought you to the place of saying, “Man, that is one great burger!”
We were studying the sermon on the mount in our Sunday morning Bible Study. (Matthew 5)
“God blesses those who…”
The thing is, the blessings from God come from a long term lifestyle… An immersion into a state of being…
Being poor in spirit, and realizing your need for Him…
Mourning a loss…
Living a life without selfish pride…
Looking for justice…
Keeping your heart pure toward God…
Being teased and persecuted and bullied for being a follower of Jesus…
Apparently, the blessings that God gives don’t come in a paper bag at a drive through.
But, they taste so good.