Who doesn’t enjoy a good Christmas cookie? I love cookies loaded with sugar-filled frosting, even though I know I shouldn’t eat them.
Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves and two skins of wine and five sheep already prepared and five seahs of parched grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys.I Samuel 25:18
Abigail must have been a great baker. She made dozens of cakes, bread, and raisin-filled cookies (smile) and had them taken to David and his men.
Abigail knew that David was going to kill her husband and his servants but out of hope (and maybe a little bit of kissing up) she begged forgiveness to David by offering he and his men a gift of cookies (at least that’s my interpretation).
Christmas, and the Holiday season, sure has its way of reminding us of our relationship struggles. Perhaps you have a grievance with a neighbor, a co-worker, a friend at school, a family member, or someone at church?
Maybe the Spirit of God is calling you to make right with that individual. Nothing starts a good opportunity for forgiveness or reconciliation than a plate of good cookies.
Bake a special treat and stop over to that person’s home. Put the plate on their porch (remember we’re dealing with Covid, so maybe visiting with them in person isn’t a great idea), give them a call and try to talk things out.
After all, being obedient to God includes doing our best to live at peace with everyone.
Prayer: God, You have chosen to forgive us of all our mistakes. Some small, some big. Teach us to forgive others as You have shown us Your grace. Soften their hearts that they may receive our apologies. Soften our hearts that we may forgive others who come to us. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with ME. Amen.