Food fair is coming up on the first Saturday in December – that will be December 1st. I didn’t grow up in a Norwegian Lutheran family, so I had no idea about making lefse, or what it tasted like, until I came to Our Savior’s. Here, the experts, who learned how to make lefse from their Moms, gather in November to make lefse to sell at the Christmas fair. It’s amazing to watch them roll out that potato dough so it’s as thin as paper and then slide it onto the griddle. The best part is when they flip it with something that looks like a big popsicle stick. A kitchen full of cooks, carrying on the traditions they learned at their grandmother’s knee, teaching some new members about how to flip that cake on the griddle, laughing and kidding each other and telling stories is a pleasure to be part of.
Our Sunday School has been learning Bible stories about food: how God provides for people, and how people recognize God’s presence when they are gathered around a table. This morning, I got another glimpse of how God gathers people around food. I am certain God was present at the lefse gathering, and I am certain that God was having as much fun as the cooks.
“From you dwelling you water the hills; earth drinks its fill of your gift. You make the grass to grow for the cattle, and the plants to serve our needs,
that we may bring forth bread from the earth and wine to cheer our hearts; oil to make our faces shine, and bread to strengthen our hearts. Ps 104: 13-15