Blog: Soup and Jesus | Oklahoma Baptist Messenger
In this complicated and difficult world, I like when something is simple. Not you ?
In the world of food, nothing is simpler than a soup. And in the world of soup, nothing difficult is required. Judith Martin, better known by her pseudonym “Miss Manners”, once said, “Have you a kinder, more adaptable friend in the world of food than soup? Who soothes you when you’re sick? Who refuses to leave you when you are impoverished, and extend its resources to give you copious nourishment and joy? Who warms you in winter and cools you in summer? Yet who is also able to bring honor to your richest table and amaze your most discerning guests?The soup does its best, no matter what undignified conditions are thrown at it.
Talk to any chef or someone who really cares about their food and they’ll tell you that you’ll never end up with a high quality meal if you start with low quality ingredients. That’s why we garden! This is the “farm to table” concept. When it comes to soup, I can’t really think of another dish that lends itself so easily to progressing with the seasons. No matter the time of year, we always have things growing that can be turned into a delicious and nutritious pot of soup.
I think anyone could say that soup is considered one of the most popular “comfort foods”. According to Psychology Today, “Our brains seem primed to make a connection between physical warmth and social warmth. Studies suggest that eating hot soup or even just holding a hot cup of it can increase positive feelings towards others, and this extends to other people you may consider to be culturally different from you.
The desire for soup has produced one of America’s most popular brands, Campbell’s Soup. Over their 127-year history, they’ve had various catchphrases, but I bet you can finish their most popular without even getting a music cue. . . “Campbell’s soup is. . . M’m! M’m! Good!″ You sing it in your head, don’t you?
There has been a lot of talk lately about the health benefits of bone broth and soups made with bone broth. If you are unfamiliar with these benefits, I think you might like to learn more about them. Studies now show that regular consumption of bone broth can cure various diseases. Check it out! Making homemade bone broth may just be the inexpensive way to get that potent medicine into your diet that you’ve been looking for.
As we enter the fall season, it’s a great time to dust off your cookbooks or hop on Pinterest and find some soup recipes. I know that in our house we have our old vigils. I’m sure you do too. As much as we love trying new ones, some soups never get old. I have two daughters and two lovers, and all of them are good cooks. It gives me great joy to see them feed their families. Our grandchildren are blessed with caring mothers, who try to use fresh ingredients and provide great meals.
As you walk through your garden, think of the vegetables, greens and herbs that would make a good pot of soup. If you realize you haven’t planned very well, don’t be discouraged. The next growing season is never far away. Use the waiting period to make a plan. Look at your favorite soup recipes and see what you could grow so you can make soup without having to go to the store. Unlike many dishes, the soup is very indulgent, and it doesn’t take a lot of ingredients to make a rather tasty pot. It’s the perfect meal on a tight budget.
Sharing soup is a great way to say “I care”, and I don’t know anyone who would refuse. Indeed, the world can be complicated and difficult, but the soup and Jesus are really simple. They are both very forgiving and have the ability to bring healing.
Friend, our Heavenly Father loves you and cares about your well-being. Won’t you invite him to be part of your garden, your kitchen and your heart today?
“Who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases(Psalm 103:3).