We are approaching a time of the year when we are motivated as a nation to “give thanks.” Giving thanks is different according to where you are from, but in the U.S. culture, we tend to get together with friends and family, make way more food than we need (which I believe is actually a symbol of living in a land of plenty), and enjoying fellowship. It is also during this time that many want to reach out to those who may not have immediate family remaining or don’t have plenty. Some may not even have a meal at all.
I am calling on U.S. Baking Bloggers (if you’re outside the U.S. feel free to join us) to join me in baking through the remainder of this year “for the least of these.” (If you’re business is outside of the baking field, you can still join us by committing to give to a cause of your choice). Beginning now through the end of the year, a portion of the proceeds from items I bake will be given to a ministry that serves “the least of these.” Will you join me in creating your own plan for contributing to this cause (share with us who your cause will reach), and let’s join together to touch the life of those in need? Show your support by leaving a comment for this post. Link back a blog post sharing with your followers what you’re doing, and challenge them to do a smaller version for someone in their community.
In most faiths, there is generally a call to reach out to those who have very little. I’ll share with you what the scripture says about giving in the Holy Bible for Christians (please feel free to share scripture supporting giving those who have little or nothing from your faith in the comments–Please reference the book, so we’ll learn where the quote comes from.)
According to the Bible, Jesus (referenced as “the King”) will tell His followers:
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ New International Version Matthew 25:31-46
So what will your baking benefit look like? I am planning to have a multi-pronged approach. By order, intentional bake sale, and mobile bake sale. I am going to challenge my community to really “show out” for this effort. I will be blogging along the way to keep you posted and would love link backs to your articles updating your followers.
As one, I can touch a few. Together, we can touch many!
Join me! Be sure to leave your desire to join the cause below.
I just had to write this post to honor my mother! She is THE QUEEN of deviled eggs! Actually, she’s the queen of a lot of things, but today, I’ll brag about the eggs that I just could have eaten ALL of! But I didn’t!
Isn’t this deviled egg beautiful? She really went all out on presentation of these eggs, too. As I was thinking of how I wished I had more of the eggs to eat, I began to thing of how “egg” could alter all of the words that I would use to describe her eggs.
She is now an author on my blog, so maybe I can talk her into writing a blog post about what she does to make her eggs so good. I’m telling you they had the perfect spice. There wasn’t anything making them sweet or sour. You could really enjoy the egg! Nothing was overpowering the flavor. So, if you had eggs on your Thanksgiving holiday, I hate to tell you, the one’s I ate were better. 😉
Knowing that tomorrow will be busy with fun and family, I decided to go ahead and make my Thanksgiving post TODAY! I think it is funny that the world adopted the turkey for Thanksgiving. It’s truly amazing how long that particular tradition has been around and is even celebrated across cultures. There are some of us though who have veered a little away from traditional on the menu. So, my question to you is, “What are you having for dinner?”
My family is having grilled ribeye steaks, pea salad, fresh baked bread, deviled eggs, maybe a potato dish of some sort, chocolate delight, toll house pie, and good ole’ southern tea. I’m sure the day will still involve vegging on the couch watching Paula Deen make sinful recipes, and there must be that couple of hour span of time when all is heard through the house is the varying sounds of people snoring.
Regardless of what is on your table tomorrow, I am sure the sentiments will be the same. WE ARE THANKFUL! I know that I personally have so much to be thankful for, and this year, part of that thanks will include the addition to our table–my son, Eli. We will miss the presence of my brother, but I am sure he will be giving thanks with his new family. He will be thought of–maybe even reminisced about. I may even be able to get a funny jab in there that he would appreciate if he was here. We are very thankful that he has a wonderful woman in his life. We are grateful to her for showing him love and kindness–it is all we have wanted for him for a long time.
So from my family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving Day! May I remind you that on Friday, you may engage in some festive Black Friday shopping. Don’t let all that you celebrated on Thursday be forgotten on Friday. Be kind, generous, and thoughtful to others.