I’ve never been a part of any attempt to set a new record in the Guinness Book of World Records, but Alan and I just happened to pick last weekend to go camping in Ludington, and we joined some 6,000+ happy spoonlickers who had the privilege of helping eat what I believe will be officially the world’s largest sundae (pending 6-8 weeks for paperwork and approval). And, in order to win, the sundae had to be eaten, so we were definitely part of the team, even though we didn’t know about it soon enough to be one of the hundreds of volunteers ladling out some 12,750+ scoops of ice cream, spreading the 600 cans of whipping cream, doling out the 2,000 maraschino cherries or sloshing on 800 pounds of chocolate syrup, on this amazing 2970.71-foot sundae (that’s over a half a mile) that stretched along eight blocks of Ludington Avenue last Saturday, June 11, 2016. The event was hosted by Barry Neal, third-generation owner of House of Flavors, famous in our family (and probably every family) for their fabulous turkey dinners as well as spectacular, homemade ice cream treats. The current record holder for the title of World’s Longest Sundae is held by the town of Manurewa, which is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. The sundae was made on February 28, 2015, was 1,957 feet,and cost the town $17,000. I believe the sundae made in Ludington handily beat all these records, but it was privately funded, although many aspects of the event were similar, including the hundreds of volunteers who helped make it such a success. Ludington’s sundae trough was crafted from 2,971 feet of Superior gutter, lined carefully with tin foil, and then loaded down with truly scrumptious ingredients. The whole process was probably a logistic nightmare, but it was a culinary success, even though it took until nearly 7:00 pm before the artistic creation was completed and verified both by a drone above and by a live camera team running the entire length beside it.It was a beautifully sunny but warm day, so all the ingredients had to be delivered and served very expeditiously, but everybody rallied to the cause, and the whole enterprise was a smashing success! Barry Neal made the comment that one of the best aspects of the event was how it “binds people together; it creates community.” After the sundae was complete and verified, volunteers scooped out thousands of individual sundaes for us to enjoy. I was also especially taken with one leader, who ran tirelessly back and forth encouraging “the troops” and making sure everybody had what they needed. A vibrant believer, he was being “salt and light” in his community! The whole event made me think of the great Supper of the Lamb,
which God is preparing for anybody and everybody who will come. Whether we’ve known about it for a long time
and are hard at work as a volunteer, inviting others to join in, or we just “happen” to discover God’s gift to us in Christ,
it’s all being provided for us completely free. All we have to do is come and enjoy!There is a book so much better than the Guinness Book of World Records.
It’s called the Book of Life. Will you join the record-breaking millions
who’ll have their names written there?“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books” (Revelation 20:12).
“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come”