Grandmother's Kitchen

Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. 1 Peter 4: 8-10 (NRSV)

Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action, 1 John 3:18 (NRSV)

Mark A, Carter, from Oregon, found that his grandmother's kitchen was a special place; it still evokes warm memories. His grandmother didn't need any written recipes for her meals because she had memorized just how much of each ingredient to put in. And every meal was delicious. She was especially good at baking sweets, and every Christmas Mark and his friends would gather to get the first bite of cake fresh from the oven. When Mark asked her what her secret ingredient was - that special something that made her cooking taste so much better than anyone else's - she just smiled and said, "The special ingredient is love."

God gives each of us gifts, and we show his love for us when we put those gifts to work in the world around us. Learning the words of the Lord and then not putting action behind those words is like reading recipes and then not cooking anything. Just as Mark's grandmother brightened the world around her, we can show God's love to others in such a way that whoever tastes what God offers will know that they have tasted the world's greatest love.

Prayer: Dear God, you have given us gifts to do good. May we always use your teachings to help others, in Jesus' name, amen.

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