The weighing, mixing and baking of Christmas Cakes in Earlston Manse

I’ve been baking Precious Holy,
Weighing and measuring,
sifting and mixing,
combining and folding,
dividing and preparing

Then, the baking….
waiting, watching, hoping…
sweet smells of spice lifting the spirit
warmth and depth
rising, swelling
until, at exactly the right moment it all comes together
and there it is…
rich fruit cake.

How like baking our life can be
as we are sifted and weighed
As we wait patiently
Hoping for a good bake
Hoping for a sweet reward for our efforts

Holy One,
as we being a new week
as we watch and wait
as the world continues:
honouring and not honouring
helping and not helping
speaking out and keeping quiet

May we be ever mindful
May we honour and respect
Help and heal
protect and serve

May we, be the bold voices for right and just action
May we, prove our voices with out actions
Yours, and yours alone
Amen and Amen

Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister, serving a rural community in the village of Earlston in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, and contributed to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit

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One thought on “Monday Prayer

  1. What a great metaphor, Julie! I’m not a baker but I am a gardener, and a lot of the sifting and mixing and moistening and getting the planting medium just right seems not that different. (I volunteer in a greenhouse, starting seeds.) Sifting flour and baking cakes are such Biblical metaphors, too.


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