Linda Wood Rondeau

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PASS THE LOVE, PLEASE
1/17/2017 1:00:00 AM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

Excerpt from

I Prayed for Patience God Gave Me Children

 

Love, like salt, makes even burnt potatoes taste good.

 

 

Cain, a tiller of the soil, and Abel, a shepherd, both made sacrifices to God. The Bible tells us that God favored Abel’s offering, that of the lamb. Rejected, Cain’s hatred toward Abel stewed, and he killed his brother in a jealous rage. We are not told what was wrong with Cain’s offering, but we do know that Abel’s sacrifice was considered better because it was given by faith (Hebrews 11:4). Perhaps Cain’s fruit was damaged or imperfect, or perhaps it was the poison in his heart that spoiled his offering.

What matters most to God is not what is on the menu,

but how we put it on the plate.


Some people say that hunger makes the best seasoning. According to my mother, everything tastes better made with love. It doesn’t matter whether the main course is flung on the barbecue, broiled in the oven, or delivered. When love is added, the meal is sure to please.

My husband particularly enjoys watching Emeril LaGasse, the “pork fat rules” mogul, who likes to “bam” even scrambled eggs “up a notch.” My scrambled eggs, however, look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. Fortunately for me, my kids liked green eggs.

Whether dinner consists of Chicken-In-The-Box or First Prize Blooper of the Month Casserole, as long as the main course is served in an atmosphere of love, you’ll win the blue ribbon for family appreciation. For, even the most delicately prepared salmon will curl if eaten in sour company. Love, no matter how it is served up, always tastes good. It satiates the soul.

Like a soggy tuna sandwich on crusty bread, our souls are dissatisfied. We crave flavor in our lives. But what we truly lack to spice up our existence is Love—the healing Love found in Jesus Christ, God’s offering for humankind. We push Him away because we believe He wants to spoil our fun. So we eat alone, and our stomachs growl with unrelenting hunger.

Our Savior, like a freshly brewed cup of coffee, is rich in aroma, full of flavor, and warms the soul through and through.

 

He wants to sit and feast at our table. When He breaks bread with us, He fills us to capacity. We will never hunger again. He will not come, however, unless we open the door. Will you let him in?

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in and eat with him, and he with me
(Revelation 3:20)

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