Thursday, November 25, 2010


Thanksgiving Cinnamon Roll

"Be cheerful no matter what;
pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens.
This is the way God wants you who belong to
Christ Jesus to live."
I Thessalonians 5:16-18
The Message

Places of being can be strange at times; where we are, where we want to be, where we should be, but where are we going?  In the midst of morning 'rush-hour', to what are we rushing? A favorite quote of mine is from Jim Elliot, martyred for the sake of Christ-

"Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God."

Praise God for the national holiday we call Thanksgiving, a day of food and family; a day to stop and 'give thanks'. This morning, thanks to recipezaar, we enjoyed homemade cinnamon rolls. As I kneaded the dough I thought about the purpose of kneading, so, I looked it up. The knead process develops gluten, a protein in rye, wheat and barley. Gluten helps the dough with:


An aspect of the Christian walk I don't enjoy is being kneaded by the hand of God, but I am thankful for the 'gluten of my soul' that is developed. I trust His hands.

 Nota bene- On Kneading
One by-product of choosing to knead bread dough is that the activity is really fine exercise. Bakers have a chance to work their upper body muscles, and gain some mental satisfaction from the process as well. While neither of these two perks of kneading dough have any bearing on the flavor or texture of the bread, they often are quite beneficial to the temperament of the baker.

And now, a short film by my son Samuel ( a young man who enjoys living "to the hilt")-

1 comment:

  1. Your son needs to have his own site. Loved the video. Your topics always hold a message for me. I have so much and at times can be rather thankless. Blessings!