Today is the first in a month long series of Bellator Scriptor blogs about Love Languages–welcome to February! We are speaking the language of love, but this isn’t only the sugary, sweet kind of love. It’s love as a choice. Love as an action. Love modeled after the One Who is Love.
St. Teresa of Avila taught, “Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.” Don’t we all need a little soul melting in the cold winter of hurts, loneliness, spiritual dryness, or the mundane? We want this month to be filled and overflowing with the brilliant ways we can make many acts of love. . .and receive them from others!
Without prompting, I asked our four children what method they felt love. One child said that she loves it when we have one on one time together, and my son, without blinking blurted out FOOD!
Although author Gary Chapman increased my knowledge of the 5 Love Languages early on in my marriage, I humbly believe that he left out one very important bonus love language: FOOD.
I have no doubt my son inherited this love language from my maternal grandmother who showed her love by baking for others. As a child when I visited her home, I knew where the stash of cookies were waiting…JUST FOR ME! Her joy of baking is one of the staples that remind me of her love. She spent her time and talents preparing and serving us at her kitchen table.
Our mighty Bellator co-founders, Tracy and Franchelle, recently provided us with a lovely podcast about hospitality. They mentioned: the source and summit of our faith is the Eucharist which is at a table; the alter is our family table and that being at the table IS Catholic.
The table is where our family circles in prayer and gathers to not only enjoy a feast, but to share stories, laughs and sometimes chocolate chip cookies.
Yes, FOOD brings us together and it is the source that ignites our fellowship with one another.
This bonus love language is shared by all in our family.
Nana’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
½ cup margarine/butter softened
½ cup shortening
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup sugar
2 t vanilla
2 ½ cups flour
1 t baking soda
½ t salt
12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
Cream butter and shortening, gradually add sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. Combine dry ingredients and add to cream mixture. Beat well. Bake at 375* for 10-12 minutes.