December 5 – Kitchen Blessings

Like many sojourners, our family has moved a lot. For me, settledness in a new home comes when the kitchen has what it needs for me to make meals to serve my family and our guests. This can sometimes take a while; some of our kitchens literally had only the kitchen sink when we moved in. Eventually though, the room becomes useful and well-furnished and I feel settled. When it was time for Hannah to begin life on her own in college, I began to write minickmenus, a blog that has grown to include over 300 family recipes. Now that all of my kiddos have kitchens of their own, it is fun to hear how they access the blog to recreate meals we once shared around the same table. Try to picture what mealtime was like back in the days of the New Testament. I find it interesting that in Paul’s second letter to Timothy he used a “kitchen” illustration. In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets—some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage. Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing. We can bless others with gifts from God when we become usable to God. What kind of container are we now? What are we training to become?

2 Timothy 2:20-21 MSG