Nancy texted me Sunday afternoon: “Chocolate banana muffins. Mmmmmmmm.” I just tested one. She’s right.
These particular chocolate banana muffins have a story. The bananas started as part of a forty-pound box of bananas, purchased the week before as a between-concert supper for 100 Fort Wayne Children’s Choir singers. They didn’t eat them all. Half a dozen sat on our counter all week, being eaten one by one. Until our week was disrupted by Nancy’s fractured femur neck. That fall and fracture on Tuesday meant that the next 48 hours were spent at the hospital. She came home without needing special therapy, but understanding that both physical and emotional therapy include activities of daily living. Which, for Nancy, include baking.
The bananas which went past their prime for eating with cereal ended up being prime for occupational therapy chocolate banana muffins. (The molasses cookie in the photo was also part of occupational therapy.)
Nancy has read a letter which talks about how to live practically following Jesus. Many of you have, too. One section in particular starts, “Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia.”
Love for one another. We’ve heard it. We believe it. We say it. But what does it look like? Paul goes on: “Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.“
It feels like an upside down way to live, to be ambitious to be out of the spotlight, to live our love well, to live a way of life that is respectable. Though it feels upside down, I see it all the time in countless lives around me. In the people who provide care in the middle of the night in hospital rooms. In the people who care for each other after more than sixty years of marriage. And in people who take mushy bananas and turn them into something simply, quietly delicious.
I could say, “Have an amazing week.” But perhaps a better thought is, “have a faithful moment.” And another.
And I’ll have another muffin.