All You Need is Love

A few things have had me thinking about love lately some of which are Valentine’s Day, reading Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber, prom, and the issues plaguing our church right now.

To me, nothing says love more than some homemade baked goods so I’m going to add in a recipe at the bottom for Strawberry-Pecan Muffins so that you can help to share the love.

As much as food is a good way to show love, we, as Christians and just as citizens of this world, have a responsibility to show love to so many more people in so many different ways. In the Greek, one of the original biblical languages, there are four different words to encompass the great idea of love (Agape-unconditional, Phileo-friends, Storge-family, Eros-romantic). All these loves are great but the most important and the one that we should strive for is Agape love. This is the love that forgives the faults in our loved ones and allows us to love our enemies. For those who don’t know, my church (and I’m sure many others) is being torn apart right now by a debate about the “holiness” of performing same-gender marriages and it will be voted on by the congregation tomorrow. I tend to be optimistic but I’m also a realist so I know that tomorrow’s vote isn’t going to solve everything. Everyone will still have their views and will still be spiteful towards those who voted the other way. So my goal is to help us move past that. Yes, I would love to have our church affirm same-gender marriages (that’s a rant for another post), but the decision made tomorrow will not change how I feel about St. Peter’s. I will continue to love my entire church family by:

  1. Continuing to faithfully serve on the call committee to bring in our next pastor
  2. Agreeing to disagree with those who voted the other way
  3. Including visitors and new members on every degree of the conservative/liberal spectrum
  4. Not speaking about others behind their backs
  5. Working with them to serve the entire community
  6. Remaining positive that we can and will get through this

Because not everyone is going to get along EVER! People are made to be different and to disagree and that is what makes us so great. Contradictions have always existed and always will exist in any grouping of people. To quote my new favorite, Nadia Bolz-Weber – “Every human community will disappoint us, regardless of how well-intentioned or inclusive.”

I feel so strongly about love and peace that I could keep going but I would just talk myself in circles so I’m going to leave you with one last point. Regardless of your faith background, I encourage you to take these words to heart and think about these things before you act so you do your best to spread Agape love to everyone you meet because we are all beautiful human beings who deserve to be treated with respect and love.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  1 Corinthians 13:4-7

And also a perfect living example of love: My babies Pan and Hook

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Now for the promised recipe…

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Strawberry-Pecan Bread

  1. Whisk 1/2 c vegetable oil, 2 eggs, 1/4 c milk, and 1 t vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk 1 1/2 c flour, 3/4 c sugar, 1/2 toasted pecans (I used almonds), 1 t cinnamon, 1 t baking powder, and 1/2 t salt.
  3. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until fully incorporated then mix in 1 c chopped strawberries (thaw and drain first if using frozen).20160213_111452
  4. Spoon batter into a loaf pan or muffin tins and top with turbinado (cane) sugar if desired.
  5. Bake at 350 until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (20-30 mins -Muffins) (40-50 – Bread)

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