I always cook with honey
It sweetens up the night
We always cook with honey
Honey, how’s your appetite for some sweet love

Judy Collins

Judy Collins sang way back when I was a student. Check out the full lyrics – it is about love between a couple, for sure, but it is also, like true love, like Christian love, about love that extends well beyond, to the neighbors and the world. 

I believe I remember my first taste of honey, well over sixty years ago. Oh, it was good. But if that’s all there is to it, just give me cavities and cut the wait. 

But now I cook with honey too; a way to share. The psalmist affirms that the Word is sweet – sweeter than honey. And that honey needs to be shared. We share that by ‘sharing the word’ not necessarily by proof-texting on a street corner, but letting that sweetness flavor lives that become sweet and serving, loving and sharing with our word. That is the best use for the Word that flavors. 

Lent is a time to become reacquainted with the Word that reveals Christ and the grace that gives life.

God, feed me with your good word; strengthen me this Lent that I might feed those who hunger for grace and for food. Amen

Rev. Brent Christianson, LCM Staff 1993-2014

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Psalm 119:103