In her series, there is some attention given to what the people cook. It is not unusual for churches to have great cooks and dishes they are famous for making. Father Tim's church, Lord's Chapel, in Mitford was no different. In 2004, Karon published a Mitford cookbook. People could learn how to cook the meals described in the Mitford series.
Today, some really sweet friends of mine cooked me a Mitford meal for my "first."
This was extremely sweet and thoughtful. We enjoyed a wonderful Mitford meal together. This was not a half-way done meal either. Our menu today included:
- Father Tim's Baked Ham
- Emma's Candied Sweet Potatoes
- Emma's Green Beans with New Potatoes
- Lovella's Mashed Potatoes
- Peggy Newland's Summer Squash Casserole
- Puny's Macaroni and Cheese
- Lovella's Deviled Eggs
- Cynthia's Fried Okra
- Lovella's Cornbread
- Esther's Orange Marmalade Cake
- Emma's Fudge
After we finished eating Laura said, "Those Mitford people sure know how to cook."
Esther's Orange Marmalade Cake
Puny's Macaroni and Cheese
Peggy Newland's Summer Squash Casserole
Emma's Green Beans with New Potatoes
Emma's Candied Sweet Potatoes
Lovella's Deviled Eggs
I thought of a couple of things about this "first." It obviously was very kind of my friends to do this. There is something pretty fun about Sunday lunch with a theme. I hope the pounds I've put on from this (we brought home leftovers) are fictional.
I also thought about how good it is for Christian brothers and sisters to eat together. Jesus ate with people a lot. He even invited himself to Zaccheus' house and he was not exactly chairman of the deacons at the local church. He went to weddings. His enemies called him a glutton (He was not) which meant he must have eaten with people a lot. After Jesus resurrected from the dead, He ate fish with His disciples (John 21). I think this means there will be seafood in heaven. Even one of the ordinances of the church is the Lord's Supper. One picture of Heaven is called the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Yes, God is for people eating together. It is not about the food. There is just something about relaxing and eating together that helps to build friendships. I know some churches eat a lot together. This sometimes is made light of, but I think it is very healthy. Eating, laughing, and sharing life together is a beautiful part of God's family.
I encourage you to consider having a meal with someone this week. Why not invite someone new at your church over for Sunday lunch? We want to build strong, solid relationships where we can get to know, love, and encourage each other. As you get to enjoying being with one another, don't be surprised if your Father in heaven smiles.
Tasting the abundant life
3 things I thank God for today
1. Mitford series
2. Today's Mitford meal and the sweet people who cooked it
3. Heating pads (this from Laura)