Carmen Shenk

“Breath” is a message I first presented at a gathering of Mennonite Women in Waynesboro, Virginia. I thought it a fitting message to begin our Faith Friday podcast conversation. When I visited them, I took a number of wool cloths I had woven so they could experience the difference between freshly woven cloth, and cloth that has been felted. And whenever these women are together, the food will be especially good, so it’s no surprise that we spoke of pound cake and buttercream icing!

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005 Breath: God’s Presence in the Mundane

Our first Faith Friday episode focuses in on the many ways we may wrestle in the darkest hours of the night.

I twice quoted Rabbi Laura Geller from the book “Preaching in the New Millennium: Celebrating the Tercentennial of Yale University” edited by Frederick J. Streets.

The recipe for classic pound cake:

1 pound butter
1 pound eggs
1 pound flour
1 pound sugar

My secret buttercream recipe:
1 pound of butter
1 pound of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of fine vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses

Verses mentioned include:
“My clan’s the weakest in Manasseh and I’m the runt of the litter” Judges 6:15
“Men like you, each one with the bearing of a prince.” Judges 8:18
‘Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the furture, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38, 39 NIV
Same verse, this time in The Message:
“I’m absolutely convinced that nothing – nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable – absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.” Romans 8:38, 39 (Love this version!) MSG
“For in Him we live and move and have our being.” Act 17:28
“For from Him and to Him and through Him are all things.” Romans 11:36

“His love endures forever.” Psalms 136 (same phrase about 26 times in this chapter!) (Maybe that means God loves us.)

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