Friday, December 30, 2011

To the Table

Why does one write about food on a church blog? I think it has to do with the fact that yes, we are what we eat and we are also what we think about and consume in terms of media and poetry and works of both fiction and non-fiction.  We must always consider food to be nourishing our souls as well as our bodies. 

Christ welcomes us to the "table", the table of Christianity, humanity and the cosmos - I do think that big! We are a part of this magnificent world and God calls us to not only care for it but to enjoy its riches like food and family and the natural world that so generously shares her bounty. As mothers, fathers and caretakers, we can bring our family to the table and talk about the larger human family Christ brings together.

So, here's another food blog- the smitten kitchen (love the name and the photos are fabulous - not to mention the recipes).  Let us not take these simple things for salted butter and the yellow of the egg; the smell of nutmeg tickling our noses; the magic of an oven at 450 degrees that brings out the sweetness of peppers and potatoes; and the rising of an apple cake that infuses the kitchen with such divine smells one becomes dizzy. Take time to make something for and with your children, your family and friends.  Bring them to the table....

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Back from Life......

Yes, it's been a long time since The Gathered Life has been updated.  Life happens. Motherhood doesn't stop nor does any life that has constant joys and challenges.  So, hello.  It's so good to be back.  Two books to consider in the New Year are The Message and The Voice.  Both are versions of the Bible written in simple everyday language.  They read like stories that everyone can understand not just the scholars. Check them out here and give us your opinion:

Peace to you in this time of great joy.