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Cindy Lou Who Wisdom

Café Menu for Monday, November 25, 2013
Today’s Special is: “Isn’t This All a Bit Much?”
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Dawn Aldrich
Main Ingredient:

Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?

Isaiah 55:2 NIV

Entrée:

Buried behind a tall stack of Christmas packages, Cindy Lou Who says, “Isn’t this all a bit much?”

Feeling adventurous, my husband and I joined the midnight madness on Black Friday this year.  Call us crazy.  We arrived at the store with a fist full of store cash, two 25% off coupons, a short gift list and a plan: get what’s on the list and dash.

Ha!  Dash was more like crawl with the crowd winding around the store like a Python sneaking up on its prey.  Without a cart and only a few things on the list, we snuck past the serious shoppers unscathed and two hours later, with our bargains stuffed under and over our arms, we joined the even longer checkout line coiled around the store’s perimeter.

I felt like Cindy Lou, “Isn’t this all a bit too much?”  I’m all for frugal shopping, rarely purchasing full-priced items, but when I find myself all knotted and coiled around material thoughts then I need to fall back on Cindy Lou Who’s wisdom.  It’s all a bit too much.

Isaiah offers this:

Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?

How many of us, after ripping open that perfect gift, feel emptier?  Somehow, it’s all wrong and we’re left wanting.

Isaiah pleads,

Listen, listen to me and eat what is good…

What is this good food the prophet suggests?  God’s Living Water that quenches every thirst and fills every desperate need until we are full and overflowing.

He continues,

…eat what is good, AND your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

Not only will He fill us, but He will satisfy, delight, and indulge us like royalty, for we are God’s splendor.

Take Out:

When we feel overwhelmed this Christmas, let’s peek beyond the pretty packages and sit and feast on God’s richest fare, His Living Water found through His Son, Jesus.  Let’s celebrate His greatest gift, that holds eternal value and offer our heartfelt thanksgiving for lavishing us with His greatest gift – His only Son.

Dessert:

Father God, we stand amongst the winding crowds, our arms full and our souls empty.  We lay ourselves before You and ask You to quench our thirst for more with Your Living Water; feed our souls with Your Word, the broken bread that satisfies our hunger.  Amen.

For more encouragement, visit Dawn at Dawn’s New Day s faithfulness in her journey.

© 2013 by Dawn Aldrich.  All rights reserved.

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