Wednesday, December 30, 2009

reconciliation

two great quotes on reconciliation from Nouwen...
A Ministry that Never Ends

Reconciliation is much more than a one-time event by which a conflict is resolved and peace established. A ministry of reconciliation goes far beyond problem solving, mediation, and peace agreements. There is not a moment in our lives without the need for reconciliation. When we dare to look at the myriad hostile feelings and thoughts in our hearts and minds, we will immediately recognize the many little and big wars in which we take part. Our enemy can be a parent, a child, a "friendly" neighbor, people with different lifestyles, people who do not think as we think, speak as we speak, or act as we act. They all can become "them." Right there is where reconciliation is needed.

Reconciliation touches the most hidden parts of our souls. God gave reconciliation to us as a ministry that never ends.



Letting Go of Old Hurts

One of the hardest things in life is to let go of old hurts. We often say, or at least think: "What you did to me and my family, my ancestors, or my friends I cannot forget or forgive. ... One day you will have to pay for it." Sometimes our memories are decades, even centuries, old and keep asking for revenge.

Holding people's faults against them often creates an impenetrable wall. But listen to Paul: "For anyone who is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old order is gone and a new being is there to see. It is all God's work" (2 Corinthians 5:17-18). Indeed, we cannot let go of old hurts, but God can. Paul says: "God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not holding anyone's fault against them" (2 Corinthians 5:19). It is God's work, but we are God's ministers, because the God who reconciled the world to God entrusted to us "the message of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:19). This message calls us to let go of old hurts in the Name of God. It is the message our world most needs to hear.
- Nouwen; from "Bread for the Journey" (Dec. 29 and 30)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

mom's wedding cookies

Yes, it's been a while since I posted. Isn't the holiday season and busy schedules crazy?

Anyway, my mom has a delicious wedding cookie recipe that I want to keep handy...

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 sticks of butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups of nuts (pecans)

A. cream butter and sugar with mixer
add vanilla and mix

B. mix salt and flour well

C. add salt and flour to butter and sugar mixture
batter will be very stiff

D. add nuts on low speed

E. roll 1 round teaspoon of dough in hands making a ball

F. place on an ungreased cookie sheet

G. 325 degree oven for 20 minutes

yields approx. 70-85 cookies

after cooling, cover with powdered sugar if desired