The Promise

The Promise

Pumpkin bread is one of my grandchildren’s favorites. So a couple of weeks ago as I was packing my bags for a visit, once more I took on the mission of baking. Finishing the tasks for travel, covering details at the church for a week’s absence, and just the general chaos of home. . . well to make a long story even longer, I made half of the recipe from page 43 and the other half from page 44. I’d like to tell you that I have a new favorite bread, but in truth it was awful. A bread with the texture of a cookie that gets stuck to the roof of your mouth. Even their cat needed a bowl of water after she snatched a bite. Thankfully I knew where the grocery store was, so two packages of blueberry muffins appeared before breakfast. The grands were very sweet about it, “Grammy, this was a great way to bring cookies that will last awhile.”

In part, I think this is what the scripture is about. We try our best, but in the long run, we are just people who need to learn to laugh, love and live in joy. God gives us the knowledge that being perfect and in control is neither a gift nor a promise. The promise is that the Lord is the one who loves us, gives us joy and each day surrounds us with the possibilities and hope of what can be. Not because we are good, but because God is good.

Blessings,

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