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What's On Your Holidays Menu?

By Peter P. Macinta

The holidays were drawing near for many of us as this GemLight was being written. This particular year will present a special culinary delight to me as I meet with some relatives I have not seen in decades who share my Russian and Polish background. One thing I heard that will be on that ethnic menu will be savory kielbasa. Hope there will be pierogies and golomkies too.

On the other side of the family we will have opportunity near Amish country to enjoy cherry delight, blueberry delight, whoopy pies (sort of overgrown cookies), chocolately scotcheroos, chocolate covered peanuts, and various pies. Maybe someone will rustle up some homefries too.

Of course there will be turkey, ham, stews, salads and more. We are so blessed and we do thank God for these holiday opportunities.

All of us, including you, are blessed in the spiritual realm. Even if you are not committed to Christ you are still blessed, though you would find the greatest blessings being in Christ.

One of those great blessings true Christians have is being able to dine everyday, as often as we can, at His table. Feasting on His Word, the Holy Bible, the Holy Spirit will open passages to us that will instruct us in peace, integrity, faithfulness, mercy and more. Listening carefully to the Holy Spirit we will hear specific instructions for our lives.

Then there is the feast we can always have by simply worshiping Him. The peace and power one feels as they enter into the Presence of God is really indescribable.

There is even the feast that we can have that comes from going through trials, although it might not be a very tasty feast at first. Nonetheless, after we let God do His work in us, luscious fruit develops over the course of time.

If you are not committed to Christ, those are some of the things you are missing. However, one feast you are having whether you realize it or not is the mercy of God.

Psalm 34:8-9 declares, "O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him."

Indeed, the Lord is good, and if you are a Christian, determine you want more from His table every day. If you are not truly committed to Christ, the Master bids you to open the door of your heart to Him so that He may come in dine, and have loving fellowship with you.

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