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By Lois Parker Edstrom
Object suggested: A cake. Share with children if appropriate to situation.
We eat cake on special occasions like birthdays, anniversary parties, and at weddings. What is your favorite kind of cake? White cake? Chocolate cake? Carrot cake? Banana cake? Applesauce cake? Lemon cake?
Suppose we were to make a chocolate cake. To begin we would need to have a recipe and gather all the ingredients together.
Do you know what ingredients we would put into the bowl to make a chocolate cake? Yes, we would need flour, chocolate (cocoa powder), and sugar. We would need baking powder to make it rise and vanilla to give it flavor. We would also need milk, oil, and eggs. (You could actually pre-measure ingredients, arrange on tray, and blend ingredients together if situation permits.)
Once the ingredients are blended together and baked, we have a cake. We no longer have individual ingredients, we have a cake!
Thinking about baking a cake helps us understand the idea of unity. Before Jesus left to go to heaven he prayed and he asked God to give people the love that God had given him so that we could all be blended together and be one.
As Christians we are no longer individual ingredients; we all have the Spirit of Love in us and are one. Jesus prayed that “… they may be one, even as we are one” (17:22) “I in them, and you in me, that they may be perfected into one…” (17:23).
Cakes are yummy. Let’s be blended together and frost our lives with God’s love.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan