Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Initials of Love

During the 1800s the good women of Cornwall sent their menfolk down the mines well equipped for a day's labour. Frugal housewives took seasoned meats from last night's dinner pot and wrapped them in flaky parcels of pastry.

But what about dessert? Wouldn't a hungry miner long for something sweet after his egg and bacon or rabbit pie? In true ingenious fashion, someone came up with the idea of double fillings. One end of the pie would be savoury, while the other came filled with sugared apples, figs or jam. The original fast food combo meal!

At the beginning of each shift, the uncooked pies were tucked into a small hot oven, purpose built near the mine's entrance. To ensure each miner reached for the right lunch, mothers or wives fashioned their initials on the top with a swirl of pastry - a true sign of ownership.

Leaving no doubt as to the rightful owner, each man was free to work knowing his pie would be there for him when he surfaced. It had his name on it, and no one could dispute it.

We have the same right today as children of God. We belong to Him because He has filled us and marked us as His own. Paul wrote to the Corinthians encouraging them to remember this promise.

It is God who makes us stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His spirit in out hearts as a deposit. guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Cor 1: 21-22

When the furnace of life threatens, do you remember the seal of ownership stamped by the Heavenly Father?

The Lord Jesus has promised to return for us one day. We belong to Him, and we are His forever.

(photo source - rhubarb in the garden)