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Everyday Spirituality

Three thousand miles away, our daughters are walking around outside amongst flowers and blooming trees, while we are bundling up in Carhart® winter clothes before walking outside into the falling snow. My hope for springtime is not dashed though. I know spring will come. It can’t be stopped. Just like love and life can’t be stopped. So, I pull out a favorite recipe, Ginger Oatmeal Cookies, to warm me up.

Oats are a hardy cereal grain. After being harvested and cleaned, they are hulled without stripping away the bran and germ. They are also rather high in manganese and other nutrients. In the cookie, molasses and spices perk the oats up and release a soothing aroma. Making and baking the cookies was a delicious break in my afternoon. And, I was sure to taste-test a cookie before my husband came home, to make sure they were okay to eat.

They were. So, here is the recipe:

Ginger Oatmeal Cookies

Mix in bowl.

¾ cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

¼ cup molasses

Mix in another bowl.

1 ½ cup flour

2 t. baking soda

½ t. salt

1 t. cinnamon

¾ t. ground cloves

¾ t. ginger

2 cups oats

 

Add the dry and wet ingredients together and mix.

Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes. I like them moist so take them out of the oven closer to the 12 minute mark.

Ginger oatmeal cookie, notice the old-fashioned oats throughout the moist cookie

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“The Word of God.”

I hear those words often when visiting churches. What does that mean? The Word of God?

If God is Spirit—not a humanlike creature—than God has a spiritual language, not a human language. Surely, the spiritual language speaks to everyone, no matter what their dialect or accent.

I’d have to agree with the scholars who take a metaphorical historical interpretation of the Bible and figure the words in the Bible are not directly from God, but from human beings who were hopefully inspired by God. Readers of these words, including myself, have been inspired, not so much by the words, as by the expression. The writer “expressed,” or “evoked” an image or understanding. And, the heart heard and knew a truth.

The literal words in and of themselves are only tools. Words, in fact, can become powerless. For millenniums, words have been going unheard by people who don’t want to listen, or who are too afraid, or angry, to hear.

Because words can be powerless, there are translations and revisions and rewordings, and it is proven that all power belongs to God, Love, Truth.

For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.” I Peter 4:6, ESV