Psalm 145: 13-14
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.
The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.
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I have no culinary expertise, but what I glean from watching "the shows" is that a reduction is the process of thickening and intensifying the flavor of a liquid mixture such as a soup, sauce, wine, or juice by simmering or boiling. Our lives dilute from the beginning into a flood of tasks and needs and information. In this one precious span of life, we spend parts of it as utterly helpless bags of leaky flesh. A good portion after that, we are discovering our hands, feet and what not to put in our mouths. And the rest of the time, we spend filling our heads, using our hands and feet, and trying to keep our mouths from getting us into trouble. And then they write an obituary that is the reduction of whatever the flavor of our lives has been. This psalm of praise is less obit and more birth announcement. Into every age, the flavor of faithfulness, graciousness, mercy, and compassion is born, rich and powerfully there for everyone to taste and see. Were we to lift a spoon to taste the flavors of our lives, what does it still need? I have no culinary expertise, but I hazard to guess that we could all use more faith and grace. We don't have to go far to find it. It arrived in cradle waiting to be discovered again and again.
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Holy God, use these hands and these words for the sake of your enduring kingdom. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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