Today I’m lost without ever leaving home. My sense of direction, dulled; I find myself aimlessly floating between the past, present, and what’s yet to come. Wayward, I drift on the rising and falling tide of “what ifs” and “why nots”…. leading me only farther from where I need to be.
Yes, I’m adrift on the sea of woe is me. Ever been there? It’s a much too familiar place where my blessings feel obscured, as if swallowed by the fog. And my wants? They seem far out of reach; just minute dots on the distant horizon. Sucked into the whirlpool of my own churning thoughts, the me I want to be, is missing.
SEND OUT THE LIFEBOAT!!!!!
“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found. Was blind but now I see.” John Newton, 1779
Join me in singing those words over to yourself a few times. They remind me that whenever we feel lost…lost in grief, in sickness, in conflict, in worry, in fear, or even in our own self-centered thoughts; Grace. Is. Our. Way. Home.
Sometimes, like today for me, it feels like the person we want to be is nowhere to be found. Isn’t it reassuring that we’re not navigating this journey alone? We have each other to hold on to, inspired music and writings to keep us on track, and the amazing assurance that we’re never too lost that we can’t be found by the One who leads the way!
“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he finds it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders.” Luke 15:4-5 (NLT)
Days like today just require comfort food so I’m sharing with you one of my very favorites!
- 3 cups sliced, ripe peaches
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 2 cups oatmeal (I use old fashioned but quick works too)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 8 Tbls. butter or margarine, melted
- Spray Pam in a 9 x 13 dish.
- Spread the sliced peaches over the bottom of the prepared dish.
- Sprinkle peaches with white sugar and a little cinnamon.
- In a bowl, mix together oatmeal, brown sugar, flour, salt and melted butter. (I use a fork)
- Pour crunch mixture on top of fruit, spreading evenly.
- Sprinkle a little nutmeg over the top - if you prefer, you can leave it off (I love nutmeg!)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes until fruit is bubbly and crunch is golden brown.
This is my Grandma Stevens’ recipe that we tweeked by doubling the crunch. It works well with apples in the fall, too! Serve warm with ice cream or my preferred way….with milk! Makes any day better! Enjoy!