One Heart and Soul
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One Heart and Soul
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Objects suggested: Various vegetables and, if situation permits, a finished pot of vegetable soup.
If you like to cook with your mom or dad, soup is a fun thing to make. First you will need a big pot. Next you choose the ingredients you would like in your soup. Vegetable soup is a favorite because you can just look in the refrigerator, see what you have – almost anything works.
How about starting with carrots? Peel them, cut them into small pieces, and throw them into the pot. (You always need to work with an adult when you are near a stove and chopping things.) Then you may want to wash some potatoes and add them to the pot. Onions give good flavor. If you’ve worked with them before, you may know they cause tears. How about celery, cabbage, mushrooms, tomatoes, squash, beans, turnips, peas? Can you think of other things you may want in your soup?
Yes, you will need some water, broth or tomato juice. You will also want some seasonings like salt, pepper, and perhaps some herbs.
The wonderful thing about soup is that it begins as several individual things, but as it cooks the flavors blend and it becomes one thing – soup! Delicious and so healthy!
In the Bible, where we learn about the early Christians, we find this verse: “The multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul” (4:32).
The idea of how soup is made will help us understand today’s lesson and it applies to Christians today as well.
We are all individuals and we are each as different from one another as a carrot is from a cabbage, yet when we work together, doing God’s work, we blend and become of “one heart and soul.” We become Christians.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan