Bound by Faith
A few weeks back as I was preparing lunch kits to deliver to Central Presbyterian Church, I posted a picture of my PB&J making station on my Facebook page and asked, “do you put the jelly on first or the peanut butter?” And the responses started flying in! I never knew there were so many different opinions on the correct way to make a PB&J sandwich. Do you put peanut butter on one piece of bread with the jelly on another piece, or peanut butter on both slices with jelly in the middle or maybe no jelly at all and you add honey instead? Along with all the different methods came the critiquing about my mix matched bread (one slice wheat and one slice white) and then there was talk about how uneven the peanut butter and jelly was spread on the bread. I had no idea how much conversation would stem from such a post but it made me begin to think about our current situation amidst a global pandemic and how everyone has a different mindset. The conversation around the making of PB&J wasn’t solely about the art of sandwich making but also about the traditions in which we grew up and how a loved one did a certain thing in a particular way and thereby passed down that tradition to us. What I learned from this social media posting is that there is a great opportunity for each of us to learn from one another. And there is no one way to make a PB&J which leads me to the conclusion that there is no one way to live through this time in history. However, what I do know for certain is that kindness matters and together we will get through this incredible time by listening to one another as we work to care for one another in the best possible manner.
Blessings to each of you,