I scraped myself off the bed this morning at 4:59 a.m. so that I could make my way to Newmarket for a dark and early 6:30 a.m. My friend Linda, her daughter Kathryn and I drove to the hub of the Toronto financial district so that we could hand out Linda’s homemade Christmas cookies to customers at Kathryn’s work. I snapped this shot at Linda’s house the day before because it was such a “happy” sight to see – hundreds of beautiful, scrumptious cookies, all packaged up with festive ribbons and bows, ready to be gobbled up by preoccupied businessmen and women, walking quickly to and fro in downtown Toronto, heads down and minds filled with work details. Little do they know they are about to experience these exquisite mouthfuls of distraction – their day is about to get better.
Linda has made and individually decorated close to 1200 sweet tasting, Christmas cookies. I know how much work Linda puts into this every year. I know how many late nights she spends, rolling out her unique doughs, baking tray full after tray full, experimenting with yummy icings, hunching over each cookie and meticulously decorating each shape.
It’s a labor of love.
Recently,Linda told me the coolest story about her cookies.
A few days ago, Linda was praying and she asked God, “Lord, when people taste these cookies, my prayer is that they will taste the goodness of God.” It was a simple, earnest prayer coming from a heart that knows that God can do far more with her cookies than she could ever imagine.
Later that morning, she took some cookies over to her daughter’s house and Kathryn took a moment in her busy young mom life to sit and savor one of her mother’s sweet cookies. She closed her eyes as the cookie melted in her mouth and there was silence for a moment. Then she spoke.
“Mom, these cookies taste like Jesus.”
Linda was dumbfounded. Kathryn had never said anything like that before and it left Linda speechless. No need to theologically debate the correctness of the claim. It was an answer to prayer. A moment of serenity. A blessing from God.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34.8 NIV