Burned Biscits

This reading is in support of the St Thomas mission to support the Year of Faith and the Emeritus Pontiff’s call for mission.

My friend told me a story when we were discussing lessons learned in life. He once told me that when he was a kid, his Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then.

He remembered one night in particular when she had made a breakfast-dinner after a long, hard day at work. On that evening his Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of his father. He mentioned that he waited to see if anyone noticed!

Biscuits in America are warm soft breakfast pastries that when right, are light and fluffy like a croissant. When they go wrong, the results can be pretty bad.

He then said his father reached for his biscuit, smiled at his Mom and ask him how his day was at school. He remembered watching his Dad smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. His father ate every bite of that dry charcoal tasting biscuit...never made a face nor uttered a word about it!

When his Dad got up from the table that evening, He said he remembered hearing his Mother apologize to for burning the biscuits. The answer was the lesson. His father replied "Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then."

Later that night, he and his father were alone and he asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. His father told him, "Your Mom put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides--a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!"

As I've grown older, I've thought about that many times.

God must be pretty tired of my burnt biscuits by now, because I fail him often and fall down on the path of goodness. It is in the getting up and moving forward that we find his grace.

I've learned over the years that learning to accept each other's faults and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship. That may be within your family, or with your friends and colleagues at work.

And that's my prayer for you today...that you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!

So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine.

God Bless