What Could be Better than Food?

The food around our house has been nigh unto fantastic this Christmas. Carleen got a new Vietnamese cookbook for Christmas, and she and Aaron favored us with a fabulous Vietnamese dinner last night. Carleen was the cooking captain, Gerlinde was first mate, and I swabbed down the decks and such!

Aaron was definitely up there somewhere near the top of the ranking officers, too, and contributed an amazing caramelized rib and veggie dish.

Carleen cooks with a flair, so the plate of raw veggies was adorned with edible orchids!

There were spring rolls and veggie wraps, chicken, ribs, mounds of tropical fruits like mangoes, star fruit, pomelo, and pineapple…ETC!

Dinner—as you might guess—was a gastronomical delight!

As if that wasn’t enough, tonight Gerlinde made an unforgettable Swiss-inspired dinner with a grill in the center of the table surrounded by about two dozen different options of meats, cheeses, veggies, and fruits that could be arranged in little pie-shaped pans and cooked table side, then used as toppings on potatoes. WOW!!!

Jon and I served as understudies in this culinary artistry, and it was another five-star night! I think no one is losing weight this vacation!

And now, for my last point in this three-point message, I alas have no picture, so you’ll have to imagine Jonathan armed with a Bible and dressed in a handsome new outfit he received for Christmas. He labored alone for about 20 hours over the past weeks preparing to preach this morning at Faith Baptist Church, and our family decided to visit with him, enjoy meeting some new friends, and take in the “spiritual feast” he served up. He spoke on II Corinthians 5:14-21: the mystery of our new life (“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new  creature; old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new”), the ministry of reconciliation “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation”), and the manifestation of the righteousness of Christ (For he [God] has made him [Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”).

I was inspired! Considering my new life in the light of the new year about to begin, one of my resolutions will be to attempt to walk more consciously in the Spirit so that the righteousness of Christ might be manifested in me! And that, folks, is even better than the finest cuisine as far as I’m concerned.

4 thoughts on “What Could be Better than Food?

  1. How did you all manage with just one grill?
    All that food looks marvellous! Can you really eat the orcids? what sort are they?
    You’ve given me the idea; perhaps I’ll make Raclette tonight! or perhaps tomorrow.

    I wish I could have heard Jonathan’s sermon. The three points are the heart of the gospel. Each one a complete sermon in itself.

  2. Wish you could have been with us!! There were only 9 adults, and Gerlinde had 8 pans, so it wasn’t hard to share. The orchids were bland in taste but perfectly edible. They were sold for eating in a little package at the specialty store, although I don’t know what type they were.

    We’ll be over for Raclette!…I wish! 🙂

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