Love People Cook Them Tasting Food

Love People: Cook Them Tasty Food!

Psalm 136: 1

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

    I am often asked for recipes, and than I will receive a call saying, “It does not taste as good as yours.” I was taught early to make good food one needs to taste it, and take chances with the ingredients. (My grandmother told me it was a style of southern cooking). I never follow the exact measurements, and if I do not have one ingredient, will substitute another. If it tastes to hot for example I throw in some sugar. The majority of the time it works, but sometimes it does not.

    That is what happens when you do not play by the rules, and walk a crooked road. In loving people to cook them tasty food means to walk that road in which sometimes rules are broken. It works most of the time, but we fail a lot. People do not understand, they make judgments, they turn on you, and we are hurt We can be wounded, but from the healing of the wound comes the resurrection.

    In our early years we had a friend, who worked for the City who always, invariably every time we met would tell us of a rumor and lecture us, and the reality is people make up stories, people talk when you work with people.

     A therapist  friend  told us when we first began our ministry: “You will be standing in the middle of a rail road track with twenty trains coming at you., blurring your eyes.” She was absolutely right.  Our ministry is one of presence, walking with people without judgment. And so we have learned to:

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!– “In loving people you cook them tasty food. “

    Each week we prepare a meal for a family whose parents work   hard. She and her husband have accepted me for me. They had  no idea when they first met is  who the hell I I was,  they knew I had been injured, and their two teenage  boys saw me as their friend.   Their two boys who are now “men”, at least in years,(18 and 20) entered into our  life, without us  seeking them out, and were there in support and care, and their parents followed. We love cooking for them. And I am totally at home with them.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”– “In loving people you cook them tasty food.”

    During the last month or so donations have kept arriving, people have sent supportive emails, phone calls, texts, and snap chat. Many have given to our ministry from the very beginning, through all the craziness of of these years.  We are  reminded with each donation, email, snail mail, and snap chat:

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”– In loving people you cook them tasty food. “

       Try not following the exact recipe–for in doing so you will surprised in the joy that is received!

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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Father River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

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