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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Fellowship (among believers) (10/11/07)

TITLE: Becoming Sauce
By Emily Gibson
10/17/07


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“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12 NIV

As believers, we bring all our individualism, distinct qualities and diverse backgrounds together in the church, the body of Christ. There we become one. It isn’t always easy…

Today was applesauce-making day on our farm. The number of windfall apples lying on the ground rose dramatically with a storm this past week, so I could put off the task no longer. The apple trees in our orchard are primarily antique varieties rarely grown any longer. I selected Spitzenburgs, a favorite apple of Thomas Jefferson, a Baldwin or two, some Pippins, a few Kings, but mostly I picked Dutch Mignons, a russet apple undistinguished in appearance, not at all pretty, and easy to pass by for something more showy.

It took no time at all to fill several large buckets. Sadly, some apples were beyond hope; they lay rotting, half consumed by slugs and other critters. Those I left behind.

The task of washing, peeling and coring organic apples is time consuming. They require a fair amount of preparation: the bruised spots must be cut out, as well as the worm holes and tracks. The apples are cut to the core and sliced into the simmering pot to be stirred and slowly cooked down to sauce. Before long, before my eyes, together they become a pale yellow mash, blending their varied flavors together. However the smooth sweetness of this wonderful sauce is owed to the Dutch Mignon. It is a sublime sauce apple despite its humble unassuming appearance. Used alone, it would lack the “stand out” flavors of the other apple varieties, but as it cooks down, it becomes a foundation allowing the other apples to blend their unique qualities.

So it should be with the fellowship of believers. We are bruised, wormy, but salvageable. We are far better together than we are separate. And we are transformed into something far better than how we began.


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Debbie Wistrom10/18/07
More please! I want to be part of a wonderful sauce of life too!
LauraLee Shaw10/18/07
This is an illustration I will not forget. How insightful!
Laury Hubrich 10/20/07
I love your illustration with the apples. Great job!
Laury
Ann Renae Hair10/20/07
Thank you for sharing, both the insight on the apples and the lesson they provided! Very enjoyable read.
Dee Yoder 10/21/07
Perfect devotional and very illustrative of fellowship! I like the description of the apples and the how each one flavors the sauce in a special way. Just like the body of believers.
Sheri Gordon10/25/07
Congratulations on your highly commended. I really like the lesson of this story. Nice job with the topic.