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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Serve…


You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Galatians 5:13 (NIV)



My BFF had a family cookout. The guest list included cousins and others that for various reasons, she hadn’t seen in more than a few years. When we arrived before the guests (her parents and uncle were already there, but they’re family) I simply kicked off my shoes and headed for the kitchen. She is one of the most generous and genuine people I have ever known. I have not been a guest in her home for years.


When she entertains, I ask “what can I bring; what do you need me to do?” Yesterday, I gave her the gift I thought she needed most...yesterday, I served.
 Coconut water is refreshing and filled with nutrients. 

There was a lot going on, and people kept pouring into her house. In a moment of panic, (it passed quickly, my BFF is no wimp) she said, “I’ve got to get to the store. I don’t have enough food for all these people.” She might not have thought she did, but therein lay the miracle.  People ate, people fellowshipped, people had a lovely time together. There was food in abundance, and from my vantage point (lending a hand in one way or another), I saw her sit, laugh, and smile with people she loves. My BFF is one of the most generous and genuine people I have ever known. Yesterday was my opportunity to serve.


By 9:00 pm, it was a wrap.  Numerous guests before departure, pitched in to corral chairs and tables back into the house, carried food, wrapped care packages (there was food in abundance), washed dishes and lent their hands.  They served. 

Serving one another in love is the very essence of the Gospel.  According to Matthew Henry’s Commentary, “the apostle [Paul] urges that all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” We are called to love and serve one another. My BFF gets it. In fact, she so gets it that there are times when I feel I take too much. She is generous. She is wise. She is unselfish. I am fiercely protective of her when it comes to being taken advantage by needy friends, but of course, I am never (in my own mind) among the needy. Yesterday, I may have paid on my debt. Yesterday, I served.

By 9:00 pm, things might have not been entirely back in order, but they were good enough to see a sunrise without further effort or risk of harm. So, I threw us out.

It’s nearly 7:00 am, and I pray that she sleeps still. I pray that she knows that I’ll be over later if she needs me, to do whatever still needs doing. I pray that she knows how much I love and appreciate her, and not only because I’m writing about it here. Lord, bless my dear friend as she sleeps, when she rises, covering her every step and action. The gift of her presence in my life is an abiding assurance that God is good.


Today’s Feast: My BFF’s Coconut Water Punch

Back story-In a circle of friends, everybody has a specialty.  My BFF throws parties like nobody’s business, and I’m the resident mixologist.  We drink in moderation, but like to keep it interesting.

Ingredients
1 can (17.5 oz) Coconut water
1½  C Coconut rum
1½ C pineapple rum
1 C watermelon water (the juice from the fruit)
1-2 C watermelon balls
1-2 C fresh pineapple
Squeeze of fresh lime

Method
Place fresh fruit and watermelon juice in a large pitcher. In a separate container, mix the rum and coconut water.  It should taste refreshing, and just faintly (if at all) of alcohol. Pour over fruit in the pitcher and serve cold. Note-you can substitute pineapple juice for the pineapple rum and eliminate the coconut rum to make a family friendly alternative. 


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