Friday, September 28, 2012
The Fine Art of Fried Chicken and Other Foods
Matthew 6;25.......That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life- whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
Ok I know the title is weird. But I am a southern gal. And we southerners love fried chicken.
I mean we can't have a church lunch without it, right?
When I was married I fried chicken on average once a week. It was good. I guess I ate it so much that when we had a dinner at church I rarely got chicken. There was always too much other meats to chose from.
After I got divorced I still fried chicken......occassionally. Then when my son married and moved out I stopped. I mean you can go to KFC and get chicken. Or you can buy frozen chicken strips.
I started getting a "hankering" for some good old fried chicken. Homecooked. But why bother cooking just for one? So I didn't.
So when our church was going to have a homecoming with dinner, I thought I have got to fry chicken. I figured there would be a lot of chicken. Boy was I wrong!!!!!!!! Mine was the only one.
Everyone loved it and it got gone fast.
I guess I said all that to say this.........
Apparently everyone else was starved or " hankering" for fried chicken.
I feel that we have a "hankering" for more than that. I feel we have a need, desire, hankering for the word of God. I think we hunger for it..
We know that life is more than the food we eat, but it seems that a lot gets accomplished when you know your going to get something good to eat later. We got our spirits and souls fed in church that morning, we fed our stomachs later. We enjoyed fellowship with others.
We may not have solved any world problems, but we could have.
Do you remember the old Andy Griffith show where Barney has to get a house for some dignitaries who were having a summit to work out some issues. They needed it to be in a place where they had no interruptions. And to help Barney out of his usual mess, Andy lets them use his house.
As the meeting goes on, nothing is being accomplished. They keep getting interrupted. They are frustrated. They will be leaving the next day with nothing resolved.
Well, that night, some of them head to the kitchen for a midnight snack. With the help of an interrpreter and some of Aunt Bee's homecooking (there was fried chicken), all issues were resolved and an agreement reached.
Now I'm not saying the food had something to do with it, but it sure helped. The atmosphere was relaxed and they just enjoyed the food and fellowship with each other
Maybe we should all get together, with all our differences, with all our issues, And have a big ol' meal. We can sit and talk. Work out what is bothering us.
We could worship together, putting aside our different denominations.
We could, for once be tolerant of each other.
We could be of the mindset that everybody doesn't worship the same.
Where some are quiet and laid back, others are not.
In the Old Testament, feasts were common. There was a feast for almost everything.
Weddings and feasts were a time to celebrate and eat.
It's not the food. It's not that we have to eat. It's about our fellowshippping with others. It's about showing God's love to others.
Last year our church decided to have a Thanksgiving feast for the community. We put an ad in our local paper and people from the county called in for a free meal. It was a way for us to show God's love to others who didn't go to church anywhere.
We don't have one specific place to cook all this food. So each person that wanted to, cooked at their own home.
We didn't know how many our small church could feed. We wondered if we would have enough food for all our orders.
But we serve an AWESOME God, who provides.
With food set up in one room, the servers started fixing plates. The people delivering food got ready.
We had certain ares of the county to deliver to. Everytime we thought we were running short on dressing or cranberry sauce , another bowl would appear.We ran out of nothing. We fed over 100 people that day. Plus we all got to eat too.
No one did without anything, the plates were full and overflowing.
God's abundance is never ending!!!!!!!!!!
Dear Lord, I thank you for all my blessings. I thank you for the times we have to come together and fellow ship with you and each other. I thank you for loving us so much you sent your son Jesus to come and to take away our sins. Help us Lord to be more tolerant of each other and to love each others differences. Help me Lord to always be doing what you want me to do. I ask a special blessing on every homecoming and get together that we have, that we remember it's about you and not the food. Thank you for our food and bless the hands that prepare it. n Jesus name I pray, Amen