By Chaplain (Capt.) Lelys Miller
As the holidays approach, I begin to think about all of those holiday recipes that my mother has sent me through the years.
I ponder on which ones to incorporate into this year’s holiday meals, whether spent away with family or here with new friends.
I meditate about one of my favorite cookies that I grew up eating called Quequis (pronounced Kaykis) and the long process of making this delicious coconut-ginger cookie. The ingredients needed are not much, but when they are done they are an unforgettable delight.
It is in this process of putting the ingredients together to make my Quequis that I am reminded of 2 Peter 1:1-8 “add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The child of God has everything they need to live a good and godly life, and even more so, because of His divine power. God’s divine power not only gives us everything we need to live a great life, but also gives us His precious promise to participate in the divine nature. During times when we may feel powerless, these verses will help us to realize that we are powerful, and when we feel victimized they remind us that we are victors and what our faith needs to be built upon to stand strong.
I would not be able to make Quequis with just flour alone, it needs additional ingredients to make it a delectable morsel; and so is it with our faith. This is not only a recipe for a successful spiritual journey but a recipe to keep us effective and productive in that journey.
As my Quequis come together after mixing and baking, so will the man or woman of God come together, once we realize that we have everything we need.
(Editor’s note: Miller is the chaplain for the 58th Transportation Battalion.)