Homemade Soup

Don’t Waste Time Making Homemade Soup – Just Open a Can!

Ed, my neighbor next door, told me the other day that soup is just an appetizer that leaves a person ready for real food. Last week, Ed came to our house to borrow some WD-40, which he knows I hold in great esteem. I was making some homemade soup when Ed came to borrow from us. I was chopping vegetables and meat for beef vegetable soup. My neighbor not only thought I should know enough to keep out the kitchen, but that soup is such an unimportant dish that I should just open a can. He confirmed that Campbell’s makes good soup and that I should open a can instead of wasting time and energy making soup from scratch. According to Ed, good cooks know where to put their time and efforts for the best results. He wanted to know what else I was cooking for the rest of the meal. He was not impressed that homemade soup was going to be our whole supper.

Often we do have some Campbell’s soup in the pantry. We use it in our cooking, rather than for a bowl soup. A teen came collecting for the food bank last week, and when I went to the shelf for cans of beans, I noted that the cans of soup were depleted. We have been gradually emptying the pantry shelves, so that, when our house sells there will be less to move. Many folks have empty cupboards because hunger is a part of their lives. Food banks are a blessing to the hungry. They can help those in need, because people are willing to share their food, so that, those who come to the food bank can receive food there.

People, being hungry is nothing new. The bible speaks of famines because of draughts. These resulted in scarcity of food and starvation. One of the promises of heaven is that there will be no more hunger. It is good when we have enough to eat.

Many realize, it is God who makes the earth fruitful and blesses us with our daily food. It is God who gives us the ability to work for our daily bread. It is God we need to thank for food for our bodies. Our entire life depends on God. The Bible speaks of it this way: “The eyes of all look to You and You give them their food in due season. God makes His sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. In Him, we live and move and have our being.”

We are commanded and encouraged in the Lord Jesus Christ to work and earn our living, but people are not always able to work. The Bible instructs us: “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. If anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”

When we put away the groceries we have bought to fill up our shelves, may we remember that others have empty pantries? They hope there will be food at the food bank.

 

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Raymond Maher
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