Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality


Canning Fruit and Pickles for Preservation

posted by Cheryl Petersen

This time of the year reminds of when I canned fruit. I would put up over 120 quarts of peaches, apricots, pears, applesauce, and plums, and over 30 pints of fruit jams and pizza tomato sauce. Sweet ripe luscious fruit, picked out of our orchard, and treated in a way that made that fruit available for a year, disallowing it to rot. Oh yes, I also pickled cucumbers. The children remember this vividly because I brined the cucumbers in their bathtub for a week and they needed to take showers in the other bathroom. Needless to say, when peeling, scalding, and boiling, I would think about preservation.

Over and again in the Bible, stories relay the principle of preservation established and kept up by God. A few examples are when Elijah, though feeling destitute and depressed, was fed by ravens that brought him bread (I Kings 17). Daniel’s life was preserved after he was thrown in a den of lions (Daniel 6). A family was saved when Jesus raised the dead son of a widow (Luke 7).

When preserving food, we can select ripe fresh fruit. Today’s recipes are more health conscious and reduced salt and sugar are accommodated for. I was always able to avoid additives and artificial preservatives. And, the family gobbled it up, as we saved the jars for the next years round of canning. Now, that the children are gone, I don’t can anymore. I handed down all the equipment to the next generation who is now canning for their family.

Science and Health, written by Mary Baker Eddy, points out the anomaly of how some old people still look young, proving youthfulness can be preserved through spiritual attitudes. Divine Science explains that the human mind is fickle therefore we can direct it with spiritual thoughts. We can preserve our existence with Godlikeness. We can eat, digest, and use the thoughts of infinite Love, Truth to preserve our souls.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Isn’t it a species of unbelief to believe that so great a work as the Messiah’s was done for himself or for God, who needed no help from Jesus’ example to preserve the eternal harmony? But human beings did need this help, and Jesus pointed the way. Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. Do not imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number of people or for a particular period of time, since to all humankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.”

Courtesy Cooking-blog.com

 

 

 

 

 



Previous Posts

The family cookbook
Mom kept our family of 7 fed with homemade meals. She typed out favorite recipes and put them in a green ring-binder notebook. The green binder was imprinted in my memory, whether I knew it or not. Mom died more than a decade ago, and when I recently visited my younger sister, I found the infamou

posted 10:27:18am Apr. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Balancing spiritual independence and group settings through leadership
The fastest growing “religion” in the West is the trend toward spiritual independence. Spiritually independent people are eager to explore the teachings, texts, and techniques of all religions and refuse to be limited to or labeled by one religion alone. The religion of Spiritual Independence

posted 7:08:06am Apr. 10, 2014 | read full post »

Timeless gender that makes us feel whole
Growing up on the family farm, I worked right along with the guys, never thinking much about gender until I was in High School when someone said I was gay. Fairly clueless, I ha

posted 8:01:36am Apr. 05, 2014 | read full post »

Zen kitty talks about the weather
I curl up on Cheryl’s lap, glad she has returned home from her trip out west. She showed me pictures of flowers that are in full bloom in Seattle. Then we looked out our window here in upstate New York

posted 8:13:47am Apr. 02, 2014 | read full post »

Compromising with a list
After getting married, although I worked away from the home, I still was in charge of home care and cooking. After having children it was obvious my husband needed to negotiate because the house work was becoming a burden. I began teaching my husband how to clean the house and do laundry. His cle

posted 8:24:11am Mar. 30, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.