Pie Appetite

The Only Pie Not Worth Eating Is A Mud Pie

I told Ed that it was to be the great taste of our first strawberry-rhubarb pie of the season. Instead, it was the taste of an experiment gone wrong.  My new crumble pie topping was a complete failure. I cut the head off my pie and served pieces of it covered in whipped topping. It was a poor reflection of the wonderful world of pies.

My old neighbor encouraged me not to give up on baking pies because it would be a sad world without pies. Ed believes that the only pie not worth eating is a mud pie. According to Ed, I have the secret of good pies because I do not scrimp on sugar and that even lemon meringue pie and key lime pie still need to be sweet as well as tangy.

Ed sees himself as an expert on the taste of every kind of pie, from strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry, Saskatoon berry, apple, cherry, peach, raisin, pecan, coconut cream, banana cream, chocolate cream, to pumpkin for starters. If Ed had a restaurant, he would have a pie buffet with a dozen different pies from which people could choose. “Who couldn’t make a meal out of a variety of pies to eat?” Ed asked me.

David Mamet has said that stress cannot exist in the presence of pie. Jane Austin said that good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness. Stephen King has said that a slice of pie (Apple?) without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze. I do not know who said that eating humble pie never tastes good, but humble pie is good for one’s spiritual health.

I could not find a reference for pie in the Bible, but Psalm 118:103 says of God’s words, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” God’s words for us are sweet like pie but not without sour or tangy flavors to awaken our faith’s taste buds for the richness and depth of God’s word. When God called Ezekiel to be His prophet to the Israelites, God gave a scroll of His words that Ezekiel was to eat. Then he could say them to the Israelites as God directed him. Ezekiel ate the scroll and said that it tasted as sweet as honey in his mouth.

Usually, it is not hard to get people to eat pie, but some will still say ‘no thank you’ to pie. God is good, and His word is good, but God warned Ezekiel that many would not listen to God’s word when Ezekiel spoke God’s word to them. Psalm 34:8 invites, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” The best pie in the world means nothing if no one wants to taste it and see how delicious it tastes. Perhaps the pandemic gives us extra time to taste God’s word and see how God is love.

Reading God’s word is tasting it. Tasting God’s words show that God is good, and His love endures forever. “God’s words are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”  (John 20:31)

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