“I am so glad that you have come. I will pour out everything inside me so you may leave this table satisfied and fortified. Blessings on your eyes. Blessings on your children. Blessings on the ground beneath you. My heart is a ladle of sweet water, brimming over.”
Anita Diamant, The Red Tent
This is one of my favorite quotes……..from one of my favorite all-time books, The Red Tent. The book is work a of fiction about the life of Dinah…..the only daughter of Jacob. (taken from the account in Genesis). It’s a fantastic book and I highly recommend it. I have this quote printed on pretty paper and framed and sitting on my kitchen counter, right beside where I cook. It helps me…..when I’m tired or stressed and trying to make food…..to remember how I feel about those who sit at my table everyday. It reminds me to not just go through the motions of cooking…..but to do it with joy and gladness so that I can truly ‘serve’ those I love……literally nurturing and sustaining them. And you know what? It makes the food taste better. I’m sure of it. Isn’t our attitude about things powerful like that?
I was listening to this yesterday on my favorite radio show, Issues Etc., and it helped me to see….for the first time ever…..that a wife really is a picture of the bride of Christ…..the Church. She is the means by which God gives birth to its members through the regeneration of baptism and the means by which He sustains and nourishes its members through the very body and blood of Christ at the Lord’s Supper. So my vocation of wife and mother is not trivial. And my uniqueness as the life-giving, life-sustaining source in this family is so important to God….. so important…..that he compared it to His Church….whom He loved enough to give His very life for.
Isn’t that what we as women have the freedom and privilege to do…..to “pour out everything inside us”? I feel a little like that about blogging. We share ourselves and our hearts with each other…..to nourish and sustain ourselves and those we love. Your blogs and your words are like that for me…..”sweet water, brimming over”. So, read the quote again……and be blessed today.
And cook that meatloaf with love, baby!