by Michelle B.
Some friends and I recently completed the January Whole30. If you don’t know, a Whole30 is where you commit to 30 days of no grains/gluten (i.e., wheat, barley, rye, rice, and oats), no beans, no dairy, and no sugar (except whole fruits). The key to a successful Whole30 is meal preparation / planning.
Sometime during the fall, I’d gotten out of the habit of cooking dinner for our family. I’m sure I blamed it on Elizabeth’s tennis season and Caleb’s cross-country season; Elizabeth’s horse lesson and Caleb’s trumpet lessons; homework and work-work and life. Anyway, every day in January, we made and ate dinner as a family. Sometimes we ate at 8:30 p.m.; sometimes we ate at 4:45 p.m., but we ate dinner. Then, I always had leftovers to take in my lunch to work the next day.
I’d forgotten how much I enjoy making dinner for my family. It is not reasonable to cook dinner every night for the rest of your life, but I do think we can all make something in the service of others.
Caleb loves role-playing games. He invented his own version of Dungeons and Dragons involving dragons, wizards, berserkers, and assassins. His friends are coming over every month to play Caleb’s game. This isn’t going to change the world but connecting with his friends over a shared love is – to me – why we’re here.
Elizabeth has been a little despondent over the current state of our political system. In response, she’s been making resistance art. Her art has allowed her to express her displeasure, but in a healthy way. She’s added graffiti to the Washington Monument, using words like “Power, Taxes, Save the Polar Bears, Inequality”. She put DACA as one of her words. One of her classmates had never heard of DACA, so Elizabeth was able to educate her about this important immigration issue.
According to the Greek of Matthew and Mark, Jesus was a “tekton”. Tekton translates to several words, but my favorite is “an artisan”. I love the image of Jesus as an artisan, a maker, a craftsperson. Someone who could bring people together with his skills as a weaver of stories, a fabricator of healings, and a constructor of miracles.
We can all make something: a poem, a plate of cookies, a model car, a prayer, a dinner reservation. What will you make this week? I hope your making brings you comfort and joy.
May we remember that we are all makers, made in the image of Jesus.
Michelle is an Occupational Safety and Health professional with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She’s a wife, mother, sister, and friend, a chocolate and coffee lover, reader of books and blogs, listener of podcasts, and a travel enthusiast.