November 3rd – Strawberry Fare!



Dr. Paul Brand has illustrated a wondrous truth of living in the most simple of ways in his work, “The Forever Feast”.
His remarkable mother, (a role-model Mother Theresa would have been proud of), first attempted to grow strawberries in India’s Kolli Hills. Six plants grew, but the whole crop failed. Only one strawberry grew to eatable size, just over an inch across.The children watched it grow and protected it from the birds. Finally, the day of harvest came. Let me quote Paul Brand’s personal reminiscences from his childhood:
“We took a saucer and put a spoonful of cream in the middle, the strawberry was then placed in the cream, and carefully cut lengthways into 4 sections. Father, mother, sister and I each took a teaspoon and ate one quarter strawberry, scooping up enough cream to get a proper mix. We chewed slowly.It was the first strawberry I had ever tasted, and I have never enjoyed a strawberry more than that since then. It had been a ritual of fellowship.
Thirty five years later my wife and I were having a holiday in the Nilgri Mountains of South India with our six year old son, and our two younger daughters. We called on the Pastor up there and he offered Christopher a big strawberry from his garden, and his little sister a smaller one. Christopher asked for them both to be divided. Mr. Merriweather commented that it was O.K. for him to eat the big one, since it had been given to him.The little boy looked up solemnly and said ‘It’ll taste better if it’s shared’.”
Christopher was acutely embarrassed when, the next Sunday, the Pastor brought the story into his sermon as if it were a profound message. Two Sundays later he told the story again while Christopher could not understand what all the fuss was about. He was only repeating the basic truth of his family life, passed on from generation to generation.
That’s why it was worth making a fuss about it. We have all but forgotten that all life does taste better when its shared.
Do not eat the food of a stingy man, do not crave his delicacies; for he is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost. “Eat and drink” he says to you, but his heart is not with you. Proverbs 23: 6-7
It is no accident that someone sitting at the dining table with Jesus should exclaim -”Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast of the Kingdom of God” (Luke Chapter 14 v. 15).
A Prayer:
Prepare us, Heavenly Father, to sit together in your Kingdom of Glory, by sharing all your good gifts in this life, that our joy may be full of you.
Now read Mark 6: 30-44.

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