Friday, 24 December 2010
A Tale of Light . . .
The wonderment in a small child's eyes,
The ageless awe in the Christmas skies,
The nameless joy that fills the air,
The throngs that kneel in praise and prayer . . .
These are the things that make us know,
That men may come and men may go,
But none will ever find a way
To banish Christ from Christmas day,
For with each child there's born again
A mystery that baffles men.
~Helen Steiner Rice
As the woman and her husband pulled up to the small quilt shop door, she noticed a young Amish woman hanging clothes out on the line, despite the cold and frigid weather.
"If you'd like to go into the shop, I'll be right there!" She gaily called out.
The husband opened the door to the shop and as the couple stepped inside, they noticed that shadows of darkness shrouded the room, making it difficult to see.
"It's far too dark in here," the woman said to her husband, "I'll never be able to tell what the quilts look like without any light."
Just then the Amish woman entered and turned on the gas lamps. "Feel free to look around. I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have about any of the quilts." she told the English couple.
"Oh!" the woman gasped out loud. "Just look at all the beautiful quilts and pillows! There are so many to choose from. Until you turned on the lights, I had no idea of just how very beautiful they truly were." She then pointed to a queen-sized quilt, sewn in muted blue and white colours. "I think I'd like to purchase this one." she said with a smile.
The Amish woman lifted the quilt from the rack. "I especially like this pattern." she said. "It's called the Colonial Star, and it's pieced in a series of blocks. The stars have been quilted around the diamonds, making a puffy, raised look, causing them to stand out like flickering stars on a clear night."
The Amish woman rang up the couple's purchase on her battery operated cash register, and the wife, pleased that they had stopped at the quilt shop, knew she would treasure her lovely quilt for many years to come.
Just as the beauty of the quilts was hidden from view until the gas lamps had been turned up, other's can't see Jesus until we let our light shine for Him. God gave us the sun, and the moon, and the stars . . . that we might see the beauty of His creation, and He, being light Himself, guides and directs those who follow Him, as we direct others to Jesus, the sweetest light of all.
"Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun."
May each of you on this very special Christmas 2010 be able to find peace in your hearts, light and joy in your lives, and the love of the Saviour . . . the sweetest light of all.
Here's a special breakfast that you can make for your family tomorrow morning. It's delicious and easy to do and you can make it all ahead today and just pop it into the oven in the morning. You don't have to make it with the cinnamon cereal if you don't want to. I have made it with crushed cornflakes and also crushed rice crispies. It works well with any crisp cereal, but the cinnamon cereal makes it that extra special and perfect for Christmas morning! If you don't have any cinnamon cereal, just crush some crisp corn or rice cereal and add some cinnamon and sugar to it!
*Snickerdoodle French Toast*
A very easy make ahead breakfast treat, which goes directly from the freezer to the oven! Delicious!
1 1/4 cups half and half cream
3 free range eggs, beaten
2 TBS sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
5 cups of cinnamon and sugar crispy sweetened whole wheat and rice cereal, crushed
12 (3/4 inch thick) slices of French bread
Spray a 15 by 10 by 1 inch baking tray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Beat together the cream, eggs, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla in a shallow bowl. Place the crushed cereal in another bowl. dip the bread slices into the egg mixture, allowing it to sit for several minutes on both sides so that some of it is absorbed by the bread. Dip the soaked bread into the crushed cereal, coating it on both sides. Place on the prepared baking tray. When they are all dipped and coated and place on the pan, cover with cling film and freeze overnight.
The next morning preheat the oven to 220*C/425*F/ gas mark 6. Bake the tray, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes, turning over halfway through the baking period.
Serve warm with butter and syrup.
Note: I have done this without freezing and it has come out perfectly. I just placed a thin sliver of butter on top of each and baked immediately at 200*C/400*F/gas mark 5 for about 15 minutes, turning it halfway through the baking time. Scrummy Yummy!!
Over in The English Kitchen today you will find a delicious assortment of five different Festive Puds! I believe there's something there to suit anybody's tastes! Merry Christmas!