Sugar = Love
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:3-8)
Our church got wind last week of a family in town who is struggling. The mister hurt himself and can’t work and the Mrs. is away caring for her sweet mother in her final days. They have two young ‘uns and an older boy who is - how do they say it today? - “challenged.” So word went out to our congregation, inviting members to sign up for one healthy meal, feeding that family the love of Jesus in this time of trouble. One of my church sisters said to me, “I love to bake. I think I’ll take over a batch of cookies or a cake for the children.”
As I sat with the Lord this morning I said, “Lord, why is it the church family is intent on sugaring up your children? Why do we see cakes and pastries as loving one another?” Now back when I was a wee one we had no knowledge of the detrimental effects of sugar, but nowadays when doctors are warning about childhood diabetes and obesity, why do we continue to dangle temptation? That same week at church the young gal heading up the summer Vacation Bible School was asking for volunteers to bake sweet treats for the children. So those kids will be learning about the love of the Lord, all the while being fed things sure to send their little systems into a tailspin. Why Jesus? Why do we correlate dessert with love?
Thanks for listening.