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Topic: GLUTTONY (overindulgence and overconsumption) (01/15/15)
TITLE: Betcha' Cant Eat Just One Bite
By Julene Celander
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As I sit here on the table soaking up the sun, I would like to relate to you the story of my granddaddy. He was a handsome fellow with almond colored skin and one of the sweetest cobblers I knew. I come from a long line of apple cobblers.
Granddaddy was made by a woman named Schawanda for a potluck picnic on a very warm day in August in the late twentieth century. Schawanda had a way with pies and granddaddy was one of her favorites. She proudly displayed him on the dessert table for everyone to be able to help themselves to a piece.
He knew that he would be gone by the end of the day and wasn’t surprised when a knife tore through his crust and a piece of him was lifted out of the pan onto a plate. The devouring had begun. Only this was no ordinary devouring and granddaddy was the only one who knew why.
A little later another piece of granddaddy disappeared. Shortly after, two more pieces were gone. Granddaddy noticed that none of the cousin desserts around him were being touched and began to wonder exactly what was happening. It wasn’t even time for the noon meal and he was half gone!
As the dinner bell clanged and called everyone to lunch, granddaddy was completely gone. Someone had eaten him up and replaced his cover. The look on Schawanda’s face when she uncovered an empty thirteen by nine inch pan was priceless. She began asking people how the cobbler was and no one could tell her.
There was only one person who could tell her since he ate the entire apple cobbler all by himself! Not only did he eat the entire cobbler before lunch, he filled his plate four times during lunch. This person was her son-in-law. Her daughter had told her how she had to feed the children before he came home for supper or there would be no food left for them.
Schawanda didn’t believe this could possibly be true since her son-in-law was so very skinny. How could a glutton possibly be skinny??? So, she continued to ask how her cobbler was in order to get all the compliments she could. She craved compliments.
The day wore on and Schawanda was beginning to realize there must have been just one person who ate the entire cobbler before lunch. Only who was it? Granddaddy knew. He saw him every time he came back for more. He soon realized it was George, the gluttonous son-in-law, doing the devouring. He knew George thought he got away with an entire cobbler and that no one was the wiser.
The only thing that gave George away was the fork left next to the cobbler pan. His wife recognized it as her pattern and knew why the family was one fork short when she passed out the plates and silverware to George and the children.
Schawanda was furious with George. Then she remembered the pastor’s sermon that morning. The sermon dealt with gluttony and the many things people become gluttonous about. She remembered the list pastor gave them…food, sex, money, attention, liquor, conversation…and she had added another to the list. She was continually hungry for compliments.
She also knew only God could heal the sin of gluttony. She began praying that not only would her gluttony be cured but also that of her son-in-law’s. In her heart she knew she would be healed because she had faith and trusted her Lord to do so.
Yes, God is the only person who can remove a deadly sin from our lives so that we may live forever.
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