I love cooking this time of year.

Crock pot stews and soups are my favorites – comfort food that warms you to the soul level.

Recently I was cooking some soup for a family dinner. My new Love Came Down soup cups and tureen had arrived in the mail and I was excited to put them to good use.

And so I chopped and sauteed vegetables while thinking of Love coming down to earth as a baby 2,000 years ago.

My mind drifted to Mary and what it must have been like to carry the Son of God.

And to Joseph and what those nine months must have been like for him.

And of course to that night in the stable. The birth. Those first moments as a family.

{Makes me think of the Joy Williams’ song Wish…}

It’s funny how often I meet Jesus in the kitchen. Maybe it is the methodical tasks that free my mind to wander to the holy. Or maybe it’s the tangible messages of love and grace on the dishes stacked on my countertop.

No greater love than Jesus.

Yes. This.

I want to drink that message this Christmas season in the same way I drink deep the hot broth of my vegetable soup.

So deep that it fills me to the soul level and makes me burn with a passion that can only be the Holy Spirit in me.

I love having reminders of the why of the season around my house.

Don’t you?

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    I love what you said, “It’s funny how often I meet Jesus in the kitchen.” The kitchen isn’t my favorite spot -it’s usually a burning things place. :) But I’m going to take your statement with me when I make pork roast tonight -and have my own meeting with Jesus in the kitchen. Thank you for this!

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    Hmmm, lovely post. The thought of soup warms me like the Holy Ghost? My analogy anyway…You are so much better.

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    I used to think that God was more interested in the “big” things, like saving the world, than he was in the routine activities of life. Lately, he has convinced me that he cares deeply about the things make up our everyday existence. It is in these times that we are able to pass down to our little ones the most important message of all: Jesus and his love.

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    Nancy Ruegg says:

    I, too, loved the line, “It’s funny how often I meet Jesus in the kitchen.” Made me think: “Where do I often meet Jesus?” The answer: in the car. No radio or CDs playing. It’s a quiet time of reflecting on blessings, sharing my concerns, praising Him for the beauty of creation. That’s when my mind is most free to wander to the holy. (Another attention-grabbing sentence!) Thank You for a thought-provoking post, Jessica.

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    Beth Williams says:

    I love having reminders of the why of the season around my house, also. I get soo tired of the commercialization of Christmas. It seems right after Halloween all you hear about is buy this/that, etc. Get this/that for Christmas. Whatever happened to Thanksgiving? It is an important holiday also. We need to remind ourselves of the why for that holiday also.

    I meet Jesus sometimes in the dark bathroom taking a shower by candelight. I can pray & sing praises–it is very calming to me. Also meet with Him in my car when driving to work. I listen to Christian music & hear what the words are saying.

    Loved the analogies & your post@

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    Karen Smith says:

    I love the song. I see Baby JESUS every single year at Christmas. HE is my GIFT. FACE to face. Love the soup bowl, Lovely.

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    Donna Engborg says:

    I find myself talking to God, Jesus, and/or Mary in the car, the same way you are in the kitchen. I guess it’s when my mind is the quietest.

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    Donna Engborg says:

    I find myself talking to God, Jesus, and/or Mary in the car, the same way you are in the kitchen. I guess it’s when my mind is the quietest.

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    Naomi Midoh says:

    Your message inspired me a lot.

    Thank God, my kitchen is also the place where I can meet the God and pray for all families.

    Thank you, Jessica!

    Love,

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