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Advent 2018 – Wednesday, December 5

The “taste” of Christmas. Some might suggest that is a rich topic for Advent. When I was growing up, my mother did not bake very much throughout the year. However, at Christmastime there were tins of chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies, her infamous cream cheese brownies, lemon squares, and cherry coffee cake. If there ever was a savory reason to argue that “man does not live by bread alone,” (Matt 4:4) these treats were it! However, until a Riddler pastor suggested “taste” as a devotional topic for Advent, I hadn’t spent any time connecting “taste” or these much-anticipated treats to the real reason for the season.

When I think of food in the Bible, I most immediately think of manna and daily bread, but the passage I find myself needing and wanting to revisit again and again are the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Gal 5:22). “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Not only does this passage cover ¾ of the Advent candles, it is the most succinct recipe for foundational Christian life and spreading the gospel. There was, and never will be, a better example of living the fruit of the Spirit than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—who is the real reason for the season.

While standing in line with crowds shopping for gifts over the next few weeks, and “loving” tourists who cross three lanes of traffic in 10 yards to make a right turn, let’s take some time this Christmas to taste and live the best produce in the Bible. Remember “spiritual food” is high nutrition and low calorie.

Merry Christmas and good eating from the Butler family.

Bruce Butler, elder