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Burned Biscuits

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 ESV

When I was a kid, my mom often cooked breakfast for dinner. One night, after a long, hard day at work, she served my dad a plate of eggs, sausage, and burned biscuits.

I was surprised at his reaction. My dad reached for his biscuit, smiled at my mom and asked me, “How was your day at school?” I don't remember how I responded, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bit of that thing—without making a face or uttering a word about it!

After we finished eating, my mom apologized to my dad for burning the biscuits. I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then."

Later that night, as I kissed Daddy good night, I asked him if he really liked burned biscuits. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your mom put in a hard day at work today and she's tired. And besides—a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!"

As I've grown older, I've thought about that many times. Though I am not perfect, I’ve learned the importance of accepting each other’s faults. Celebrating each other’s differences is a key to a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband and wife, parent and child, or between friends.

My prayer for you today is to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at God’s feet. In the end, He's the only one who can give you a relationship where a burned biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!

Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket—keep it in your own. So, please pass me a burned biscuit.

Earth is Forgiveness School.

You might as well start at the dinner table.

That way, you can do this work in comfortable pants.

---Anne Lamott

Work seasoned with God's love

Our spirit should be quick to reach out toward God, not only when it is engaged in meditation, but at other times as well. Those instances could include when it is carrying out its duties, caring for the needy, performing works of charity, or giving generously in the service of others. Our spirit should long for God and call him to mind so that these works may be seasoned with the salt of God’s love, and so make a palatable offering to the Lord of the universe.

Remind Us, Open Our Hearts

Heavenly Father, help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked a nine-hour shift that day, and is rushing home to cook dinner, do the laundry, and spend a few precious moments with her children.

Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can't make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student balancing his apprehension over final exams and fearing he won’t receive his student loans next semester.

Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum begging for money in the same spot every day (who really should get a job) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.

Help us remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year they go shopping together.

Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest is love. It’s not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. We should open our hearts, not just to who are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge, be quick to forgive, and show patience, empathy and love.


Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

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