Okay, folks! The question is not “Why Don’t I Bake anymore?” It is “Why Did I Hit Publish Instead of Save Draft?” I started my article a few days ago. When I returned to it, I accidentally hit Publish—instead of saving my work, I sent a short two paragraphs out to over seven thousand subscribers. Oh, I’m laughing now, but after hitting “Publish” instead of the “Save Draft” button, I thought I’d have a heart attack. When I couldn’t find a button labeled “Retract,” I decided I’d had enough excitement. If I’d been texting, I might have sent you an “Oops, lol!” But I’m not texting, so I’ll just apologize and move on, shaking my head at myself, wondering if anyone will read my blogs again (lol—oops!). Let’s start again.
When Mark and I married, I planned to be the perfect wife. We lived in a nice two-bedroom apartment on the ground floor with decent neighbors in a quiet complex—Shephard Hills Apartments on Tunnel Boulevard. Many of those neighbors were students attending the same college and seminary as we were. It was a good place to live as a newlywed couple just starting their life together.
The ground floor. What that meant to us was our windows gave us a view of the feet of the people walking by. In the seven years we lived there (yes, seven), we saw many feet. It brings to my mind our situation. We were newlyweds living on the ground floor. Was that a symbolic statement that I missed? The irony of our position at that time is not lost on me now.
The first Thanksgiving Mark and I celebrated together as a newly married couple, his parents were with us. I didn’t know them very well, but I found out that my father-in-law did not like turkey. So instead of turkey, I made lasagna. (It was an Everybody Loves Raymond moment when Debra makes fish instead of turkey.) We enjoyed a lovely Italian Thanksgiving. But when it was over, I decided we’d have turkey at Christmas. There’s just something about traditions.
Anyway, Mark and I are now approaching 39 years of wedded bliss. I must confess that there have been a few times that weren’t so blissful. Overall, we’ve experienced—as the movie we watched last night is called—a wonderful life. Now, as we enter 2021, I hope we’ll have many more exciting and happy years ahead.
And now to the other part of the title of this article—Why Don’t I Bake Anymore? When I started this article initially, I wanted to talk about how I used to make all kinds of goodies every holiday. I became known at our home church as the “The Cookie Lady” because I made huge batches of chocolate chip cookies and took them to the Youth Group. When they came to our house for their meetings, I had plenty on hand. As the girls grew up, I noticed that the cookies weren’t disappearing as quickly. As a matter of fact, they were starting to get stale and hard, and I realized that I was eating most of them. Well, that had to stop, so the baking began to wane over the years.
Things do tend to change over the years, don’t they?
If there is one thing that never changes in the human condition, it is change. I know how crazy that sounds, but it’s true. Life is ALWAYS changing. Thank God for the One Who NEVER changes—God. I can depend on my heavenly Father for everything—every day I’m given, every need I have, every hope I cherish. He will care for my husband, my children, and all my family.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 (ESV)
Even though we are in difficult times, we have a heavenly Father Who loves us and longs to have a relationship with us. The birth of Christ is the real reason to celebrate Christmas. God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be born of a virgin in a little town called Bethlehem so that one day Jesus, would pay for the sins of the entire world, enabling ANYONE to be able to have a relationship with God—ANYONE.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, ESV).
Do you know God? Have you accepted His gift of salvation? You can’t earn a gift. You have to reach out and take it. Just ask God today for His wondrous unconditional salvation. He will guide you in life, AND you will find that you are never alone. He’ll always be with you, even if you don’t feel it. He’ll never leave you nor forsake you. Oh, please accept the most excellent Christmas present of all this very moment and know the love of God in your life today.
In the meantime, God bless and keep you all in this unusual Christmas Season. Amen.