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“As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” 2 Chronicles 7:1 (ESV)
One Day in December
What’s so special about that?
The renovations were complete, and though we had lots of unopened boxes and unplaced furniture, our first Thanksgiving in our home was an opportunity to fill the house with guests, fellowship, laughter, and soul-nourishing food. As friends and family arrived the house came alive, filled with warm conversation and holiday fragrances wafting from the kitchen. The old stove in the kitchen was doing its work grinding out turkey and casseroles and hot bread for our guests. I felt confident that day in our decision to wait to replace the kitchen appliances until after getting more settled. Little didn’t know that a week after cooking that turkey dinner we would have our family and friends replaced by the local firemen.
Transforming fire. I know it well. God knows what needs to be burned away in my thoughts, attitudes, and habits to transform me into a disciple that can fully worship Him and live a sacrificial life of mission and ministry. And from living those experiences, fully connected to God, sharing Christ’s Grace and Hope comes a deep felt Gratitude that brings me into a spirit of Adoration and Praise for the One Who Created Me. Through the fire of the Holy Spirit, the old is brought to new brilliance and the mundane becomes uniquely beautiful.
“What does that have to do with my old kitchen stove on fire?”, you might be asking. Here is the rest of the story. One evening, after Thanksgiving was just a memory, I had prepared dinner in that oven – a roast with potatoes and carrots and onions. Max and I sat down at the kitchen table to eat. After saying our prayer of blessing and gratitude, I noticed a red glow in the bottom of the oven. I went to the stove to turn off the oven, thinking I had forgotten to do so. I reached for the knob but saw it was already off. I turned it on and off again, but the gas burners in the oven continued to burn hotter and brighter and smoke began swirling around inside. Not knowing what else to do, I reached for my phone and connected with the fire department. Max did some quick thinking and pulled the stove away from the wall to reach the gas valve behind the stove. He turned it and the flames went out. Just a few minutes later the firemen arrived. They checked out the stove and the wall, cabinets, and floor that had surrounded it and announced all was well. After some investigating they told us the fire had started because of a broken gasket inside the stove that it was probably was the result of it sitting for a long time without being used. Gaskets don’t like that, and like our leaky pipes, the lack of being put to use had allowed them to break down, creating a leak, resulting in the fire. As they took the stove outside we offered our gratitude to them and to God. We were thankful that only the stove was lost that night.
So our plan to put off replacing the old appliances began. We searched online and in stores for a new stove. We finally found one that had all of what was on our list of “must haves”, ordered it and scheduled delivery. The day it was installed was like an early Christmas! New shiny metal gleamed and the spotless stove beckoned me to cook. As I got out pots and pans and sat them on the burners I realized something very special about my new stove. The brand we bought was the Adora from GE. The word was splashed across the control panel, an ever present reminder to cook and bake and create all the meals here at GraceStone Sanctuary with a spirit of adora-tion and praise to God. So, if you ever have a chance to come and share in table fellowship with us, you will know that the food we have prepared for you contains a story of transformation, reverence, and praise.
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Day 353 December 21, 2013
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come out like gold. Job 23:10
“Goldfinger. Work only with gold materials today. Try working on a gold surface for a real challenge.” -from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin
“One day we took the children to see a goldsmith refine gold after the ancient manner of the East. He was sitting beside his little charcoal fire. (“He shall sit as a refiner”; the gold- or silversmith never leaves his crucible once it is on the fire.) In the red glow lay a common curved roof tile; another tile covered it like a lid. This was the crucible. In it was the medicine made of salt, tamarind fruit and burnt brick dust, and imbedded in it was the gold. The medicine does its appointed work on the gold, “then the fire eats it,” and the goldsmith lifts the gold out with a pair of tongs, lets it cool, rubs it between his fingers, and if not satisfied puts it back again in fresh medicine. This time he blows the fire hotter than it was before, and each time he puts the gold into the crucible, the heat of the fire is increased; “it could not bear it so hot at first, but it can bear it now; what would have destroyed it then helps it now.” “How do you know when the gold is purified?” we asked him, and he answered, “When I can see my face in it [the liquid gold in the crucible] then it is pure.” ― Amy Carmichael, Gold Cord
Day 66 March 7, 2013
Mark 9:49,50 “For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
“Go grocery shopping and pick up something new specifically to work with…” -from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin (I am trying Sea Salt in some of my old recipes, but here I used it along with food coloring to make “fire”.)
“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” Isak Dinesen
“Salt is the only rock directly consumed by man. It corrodes but preserves, desiccates but is wrested from the water. It has fascinated man for thousands of years not only as a substance he prized and was willing to labour to obtain, but also as a generator of poetic and of mythic meaning. The contradictions it embodies only intensify its power and its links with experience of the sacred.” ~Margaret Visser
“Neither sugar nor salt tastes particularly good by itself. Each is at its best when used to season other things. Love is the same way. Use it to “season” people.” ― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration