November 23, 2020
Good Cookin'

Dr. Oliver Wagner
So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah.
"Quick," he said, "get three measures of the finest flour
and knead it and bake some bread for our three visitors."
Genesis 18:6
My home church published a cookbook thirty-five years ago. Heather and I still use it once in a while. APC produced a cookbook as well about the same time and there are still extra copies in the fellowship hall closet, so call the office if you’d like one! The world has changed a lot over the four decades since that cookbook came out. Still, the best family recipes are timeless. I think of the missionary who told me “Ministry is just one hungry beggar telling another where to find food.”

Before listing the edible recipes that are some of my favorites from my home church, Grove Presbyterian Church’s A Dash of Faith cookbook gives this one. I couldn’t think of any better wisdom and advice to share with you as we prepare for the holiday season and prepare to pull out some of our favorite family recipes to enjoy on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.
May God bless your home with peace, love, health and joy! And remember, “you are what you eat.”

Recipe for a Happy Home
Half a cup of friendship and thoughtfulness,
cream together with a pinch of powdered tenderness.
Very lightly beaten in a bowl of loyalty,
with a cup of faith and one of hope and one of charity.
Be sure to add a spoonful of happy songs
and the ability to laugh at little things.
Moisten with sudden tears and heartful sympathy.
Bake in a good-natured pan and serve repeatedly with love.
In this world with so many attractive options and endless choices, we chose to serve and follow you, Lord God. We cannot make that commitment for others, but we can take responsibility for ourselves and say with our ancestors in faith: “as for me and my house, we will put away other gods and serve the Lord.” Amen.
Alpharetta Presbyterian Church
180 Academy Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009