Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Echoes of Community

Sometimes the monotony of everyday life gets to me, but little reminders in my house of our community, our friends, are always a blessing.  My community is simply the people with whom I share my life and thinking of them always cheers me up.  Here are some special things in my kitchen that remind me of those I love:
  • A mostly empty bottle of Dr. Pepper in the back of my fridge belongs to my friend’s husband.  He loves the stuff.  Our family doesn’t care for it.  But there it is, in the back of our fridge, and it always makes me think of him.  They helped us build a greenhouse.  Our girls are best friends.  We love them.
  • A bag of rice flour in the baking cupboard reminds me of our good friend who has Celiac’s Disease (he can’t eat gluten).  My husband likes to bake and will make gluten-free treats when this friend comes by.  We like having this honorary “uncle” around for our daughter to love.
  • A pizza in our freezer.  It’s waiting to be shared with someone, given to a hungry family, or maybe just a reminder that we will not go hungry, today.  My life is bigger than just me.  Feeding people is a small thing I can do to be Jesus with skin on for someone else.
What matters most to me is family, friends and an authentic life.  When I get bogged down in piles of dishes, dirty floors, or laundry monsters, I find my way out by remembering that my life is bigger than just me.  Faith in God, loving others, and a willingness to help those in need should be etched into my heart.  Maybe it is…

“Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that‘s in you, love him with all you‘ve got!  Write these commandments that I‘ve given you today on your hearts.  Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children.  Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night.  Tie them on  your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.”  Deuteronomy 6:5-9 - The Message


Tiffany said...

Love that verse! Let's memorize it. And, love your love for your community, sis.

Sylvia said...

Tori! You are such a great writer! Plus I love your heart! Heart for God, heart for people, and heart for being real. You give me hope...hope in God, and hope for humanity.
Love you,

Thru a Tori-lens said...

thanks, ladies! Blogging allow my community to extend beyond my own kitchen... and you are both part of it! :)