My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Show Up for the Feast

This is from a little booklet that had been place on a table in the foyer in my church last Sunday. Daily Lenten Reflections - Paula D'Arcy. There is a daily reflection for each day of Lent, I just love them. This is the one for today.

Sunday Second Week of Lent
Show Up For The Feast

A women is sitting across the table from me at a hostel in Chartres, France. We have just arrived as part of a group of pilgrims who were following the well-traveled pilgrimage route from Paris on foot. She leans over and shares the single phrase that has filled her mind as she walked: Show up for the feast. Through the long miles she began measuring that phrase against her life. Am I showing up, she asked herself? Showing up to the people on my path, to life's challenges, to a compassion for humankind and to the capacity of my heart? Am I growing, in spite of the pain of growth? Have I showed up to labor in the fields of life, carrying "neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes" "Or am I simply walking in a daze and a frenzy of activity, moving from one event to another? I've made a resolve she finally says. "I'm resolving to show up for the feast."

Today: I want to show up for the feast. I pray for the courage to move past my fears and into the heart of life.

Isn't that wonderful. Have a blessed week, and show up for the feast. See you next Sunday.


  1. Loved this. Hadn't had time to read mine yet. Been too busy "moving from one event to another". Keep up the good work, Preacher Swetnam!

  2. what a simple statement, but speaks so many volumes! I struggle with this as well, with the busy-ness of my day to day life. I need to stop, breathe, and be thankful for the blessings that surround me every moment.


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