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HOLIDAY PONDERINGS
about “Biscuits”

by Bette Meyer
VM Ministry Assistant

A country minister was attending a men’s breakfast. He asked one of the older farmers in attendance to say the opening prayer.

The farmer began, “Lord, I hate buttermilk.” The pastor opened one eye and wondered to himself where this was going. Then the farmer said, “Lord, I hate lard.” Now the pastor was worried. But the farmer prayed on, “And
Lord, ya’ know I don’t care much for raw flour.”

As the pastor was about to stop everything,
the farmer continued, “But Lord, when you mix ‘em all together and bake ‘em up, I do love those fresh biscuits. So Lord, when things come up we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we just don’t understand what you’re saying to us, we just need to relax and wait ‘til You’re done fixin’ and it’ll likely be somethin’ even better than biscuits. Amen.”

~Author Unknown

Who would have thought that an opening prayer on biscuits could be so profound – and give such deep food for thought? We will be celebrating Thanksgiving next month, and then, before we know it, Christmas will be here. The holidays invite a bit of reflecting: In spite of life’s struggles, which people have blessed our paths? What blessings have graced our lives?

It is sometimes hard to see how God is working in our lives while we are in the midst of the obstacles that life throws at us. We frequently experience each of these hardships quite intensely. Yet, if we can have a little patience,
the goodness of the overall picture becomes clearer. In hindsight, how often are we thankful for the challenges we were asked to endure because the final result of that struggle was sweeter than we thought it would be? When
faced with difficulties, we may have to will ourselves to take a few deep breaths, and follow the advice of the farmer to just relax and wait ‘til the fixin’ is done.

With each hurdle in our life, instead of seeing it as an unfortunate setback, we are challenged to keep our eyes on the whole journey. How amazing when we look back and recognize our inner strength, our persistence and our tenacity to live life to the fullest in the best way we know how! Life usually turns out even better than we thought – especially when we adopt a
positive attitude and a grateful heart. Hooray for the end result – blessings in the form of biscuits or . . . !

Please Pray for

Natalie Adams
Susie Arredondo
Deacon Rich Bagby
Colin Barry
Hannah Bergen
Sue Bergheger
Kathie Bomsta
Mae Bone
Sr. Mary Josanne Buszek, CSSF
Mary Castano
Carol Durand
Orly Elizondo
Terry Etling
Br. Conrad Fleischmann, OCSO
Jonathan & Angela Fleischmann
Blake Haag
Gloria Helgert
Susan Henss
Benedict Hermann
Lupita Hernandez
Anthony Higgins
Paul Hilbig
Elaine & Ron Hofer
Pat Kern
Neil Kielty
Jackie Kolenda
Susan Krantz
Tom Kues
Sean Kuga
Carol Lakey
Sean Lawlor
Lori Linder
Diane & Carol Maertens
Michael & Clare Marrinan
Steve Mertz
Dee Mitchell
Jack Monteith
Sandie Rutledge
Celeste Schenkenberg
Susan Schnake
Inez Smith
Kylie Turner
Izzy Wade
Greg Warnecke
Vi Whelan
Donna Marie Whitworth
Travis & Douglas Williams
Janis Yaekel, ASC
Charlie Zittel

In Loving Memory

Ginny Dahlberg
Sally Messico

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