God Loves Applesauce

My house smells like I'm sitting in a giant apple pie. I just finished cutting up about ten pounds of apples and they're simmering away on the stove. When they've softened, I'll mash them up into the most heavenly applesauce you've ever had. My kids will eat it for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner until it's gone.

The apples I use for the sauce are the cast-offs. The ones that are bruised on one side from falling off the tree, have brown spots, worm holes and are just not appealing to eat whole. As I was cutting them up today, I was struck by how much like a cast-off apple God wants us to be.

He wants us bruised and unappealing. He wants us to be unworthy so He can make us worthy; to mash us and squeeze us until we're soft towards Him. Until we emerge like applesauce; a sweet, nourishing presence to those around us, a testament to the power of His unconditional love. Love that accepts us no matter how imperfect we may think we are. Love that wants to nurture and mold us into fruit-bearing trees that will feed others.

I'll have a lot to think about when I serve my kids that homemade applesauce!

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4 readers took time to leave a thought:

McSarah October 13, 2008 at 2:12 PM  

well said : )

Faith Hope Love Mama October 13, 2008 at 9:12 PM  

You are so in tune with your creator. What a blessed post.

Love the pic of the three kiddos at the orchard. Usually I send out a Christmas pic without hubby and I also.

I'm still sad for you and your Polly. I do hope you find a lovely little kitty that will make you smile again. :)

4 Little Men and Twins October 13, 2008 at 11:28 PM  

that was beautiful!


Karen October 20, 2008 at 12:32 AM  

I worked an apple fest today and I was going to buy lots of apples so I could make applesauce in my crock pot and I didn't get any. I am so disappointed in myself, but I am going to try and get some elsewhere. How did it turn out? I want the recipe.

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