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Lenten Devotions: Chicken Noodle Soup

This Lenten season, Bread Blog will be running a series of devotions written by Pastor Ron Glusenkamp, senior pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. The reflections are based, in part, on the music of Peter Mayer, accomplished vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. The theme for this year's series is "Mighty This Love," named for one of Mayer's compositions (Listen to a special welcome message from Mayer).

This post is reprinted, with permission, from Glusenkamp's site, h20 devos. Audio podcast versions of the daily devotionals are also available.

'Chicken Noodle Soup' photo (c) 2013, Cajsa Lilliehook - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

April 5, 2014

"Every gift grand and lowly
Every purpose great and small
At this feast they are made holy
By your name you have been called
By your name you have been called"
 
—Lyrics from "Pass It On," by Peter Mayer

"I'll tell you one thing, Franny. One thing I know. And don't get upset. It isn't anything bad. But if it's the religious life you want, you ought to know right now that you're missing out on every single...religious action that's going on around this house. You don't even have sense enough to drink when somebody brings you a cup of consecrated chicken soup--which is the only kind of chicken soup Bessie ever brings to anybody around this madhouse."
—From "Franny and Zoey," by J.D. Salinger
 
I like Salinger's point that often the "holy" is right there in front of us. In this particular case, it happens to be the "consecrated chicken soup." The soup that was made for our soup luncheon on Wednesday struck me as being "consecrated." It was made with love. It wasn't "store-bought," it made at home by a busy person who took time to share her gifts with others. The physical ingredients made it tasty, but it was all the more delicious because I know it was made with care.
 
That particular soup experience inspired me to make some chicken noodle soup on Thursday. I trust, as Peter sings, that, "Every gift grand and lowly, Every purpose great and small, At this feast they are made holy, By your name you have been called."
 
Share the joy of this mighty love: celebrate SOUP!

 

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