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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Favoritism (02/28/05)

TITLE: Cold, Dried-out, and Burnt
By nancy rieke


“Mmmmmm….this is heaven!” my new husband proclaimed, smacking his lips. “Did I ever tell you this is one of my favorite meals?”

When Tedd and I married almost twelve years ago, he was a single dad raising four daughters. Meals typically consisted of whatever these teenagers chose to cook after school, ranging from Mac and Cheese to pancakes to brownies. When Tedd came home, he literally cleaned up - as in eating whatever was left, in whatever condition it was left in. Cold, dried-out, and burnt were regular offerings. That’s why, when he made the above declaration about our first supper together, I believed him. I was sure anything would be his favorite meal after what he’d been eating!

And I was right – only it didn’t have anything to do with his pre-me meals. Tedd simply loves food. Every meal is his favorite meal. His dad is the same way, as is our youngest daughter. I have never been able to decide if they have much more advanced taste buds than I do, or if they have none, but whatever the reason, I've yet to serve anything that Tedd doesn’t absolutely adore!

I’m thinking, that’s how we are with God. He absolutely adores us! Each and every one of us, no matter what condition we are in. Cold, dried-out, or burnt by the stresses and strains of everyday life and by the decisions we’ve made – it doesn’t matter! We’re always His favorite.

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Dave Wagner03/07/05
Questionable conclusions...sounds good, but I don't think you'll find much Bible to support it.

The first two paragraphs were a joy to read. Very warm, personable...left me smiling. I enjoy your style.
Delores McCarter03/07/05
Any article with the foods: "Mac and Cheese to pancakes to brownies" has to be scrumptious! Hey I just had lunch, now I'm hungry again. Thanks a lot. Seriously though, good piece - nicely done.
Sally Hanan03/10/05
Nicely written, drew me right in like a friend chatting to me.
donna robinson03/10/05
Well, I disagree with Dave here. I think that is exactly how God accepts us--any condition and I think the bible says that over and over. It isn't the condition that we arrive in that is important in his eyes, but the condition we leave in that matter to Him. I think that is what I got out of this father. He took what ever form the food came in. He was able to enjoy the meal as it was, didn't waste time on critical words. Nice read
Dave Wagner03/11/05
I think there's a difference between accepting someone initially, as in "come as you are," as opposed to always accepting us, no matter what. I absolutely think we can get to the point where we become a stink in God’s nostrils. That’s all I was saying, Donna.

>> Cold, dried-out, or burnt by the stresses and strains of everyday life and by the decisions we’ve made – it doesn’t matter! We’re always His favorite. <<

I’m sorry...that nice and warm and safe and pleasant and I wish I could agree.

Rev 3:16: So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

If He shows His adoration of us by spewing us out of His mouth when we wax lukewarm, then that is an odd way of expressing it...doesn’t quite sound like full-time, unconditional acceptance to me.