Christmas 2015: *Martha Stewart Has Left the Building
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Merry “After” Christmas!!
Whether it’s the stress of preparation, work, or interaction with so many wildly different people in your life, the holidays can cause your body to collapse.
This recipe should be called “The Flu Fighters”! Like the band name from which the punny title comes from…this one is DA BOMB.
If you are my mom, (Hi Momma!) or any one of her friends who reads my blog, the band’s name is “The Foo Fighters” and their name is taken from a type of fighter bombs.
Maybe I am looking for combat after a fortnight of forced peaceful feelings of good will toward all men and women.
Maybe I am looking to loosen up and wreck the joint after seeing sharp corners adorned in gold and red and glistening gild.
Maybe I just need the flavors of another culture after gorging on Western meals, reels and huggy feels.
Any way you slice, shred, dice or chop this one, it delivers healing, healthy, much needed food-medicine to your aching, overstuffed, holiday inflamed body.
It is time for me to say goodbye to all things heavy, gently cooked, and filled with buttery goodness.
It is time for me to stop:
Quickly covering cracks.
Chronically caring for others if God can care for them Him (or Her!) self.
Trying so hard.
Empires are built and always come tumbling down after they peak, and my little Happy Holiday Heathen Fest so too has tumbled.
Within the wreckage I will seek my pieces.
The shreds and bits of unlikely colors and flavors that have not been a part of the life I was spoon fed.
And I will let the cheap and cheerful spices and wilted leaves come into my body and see what happens.
Broken and barren, maybe after this holiday wreckage, there will be nothing left.
Maybe from nothing will come something.
Something usually comes.
Turmeric is very good for inflammation.
Of heart. Of head. Of body.
(IMHO: regarding the fact that you don’t need to “make sense” or always be the sum total of your “gifts”)
And you don’t need to, either, because this God will use you, this God will use all of you, and not just your strengths, but your failures and your failings. Your weakness is fertile ground for a forgiving God to make something new and to make something beautiful, so dn’t ever thing that all you have to offer are your gifts.
-Nadia Bolz-Weber (p. 38, hard cover edition of print-on-paper book “Accidental Saints–Finding God in All the Wrong People)
Thank you God for gifts and wreckage and failures and messes and imperfections we try to desperately to make into something beautiful when really You do that for us.
*p.s. I love Martha Stewart