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By Patty Shively

Romans 12:17-19  Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.  If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.  Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay’, saith the Lord.

Brine — Hmmmm someone was canning pickles

My mother inspired us to understand the meaning of this passage after telling our family about “Pickles”.

Gramma had 12 kids.  That’s a bunch of mouths to feed, especially back when times were really tough.  Anna, was her oldest girl, her midwife and main helper.  During this summer of the depression, God saw fit to bless them with a good garden harvest.  Now it was time to can and put up for the cold winter ahead.  It was difficult to ignore the fragrance in the neighborhood.

… Brine — Hmmmm someone was canning pickles.

Many days of wonderful odors continued to stir the senses of those living on Friendship Street and nearby in Duquesne, Pa.  Jar after jar were carried to the basement and lined up on the wall shelves.  After weeks of hot tiring preparation the job was completed. Then Agnes was sent down to bring up a few of the jars for tonight’s 1st fall dinner.  “Mom, where are the jars?  I can’t find one.”  The cellar window was broken and every jar was gone!


Thieves in the neighborhood?

The word got out, but no one heard a hint of who the culprits might be.

Papa walked every day down the alley to catch the bus early in the morning to go to work.  One day he noticed a garbage can lid was off and the can was full of canning jars.  They happened to be very similar to the ones Gram used and after inspection, with the nose, many of them sorta smelled like her pickles.  He chose to wait a few weeks.  The longer he waited the more jars appeared.  He told Gramma Gertie of his findings, finally.  Gram remembered what the Bible said about taking revenge.  She told her family the verse in Romans 12 “I will repay” saith the Lord, “Not we will repay” saith the family…

That was it!

The important thing was that the Lord knew who did it. His word tells us clearly what to do when we feel like taking revenge or resisting the evil man.

God’s grace is always offered when we need it.  We must choose to please Him, not ourselves. God’s Word never fails.  If we stay in HIS WORD, it will stay in us!  And, I just remembered Mom telling us they always had enough.  Even sometimes more than enough and they shared it with their neighbors who struggled with feeding their children.  He will never see the righteous forsaken, or their seed begging bread.

Psalm 94:1 Oh Lord, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.

It is so good to know that our God has all things under His control. Even pickles!

About this Guest Author:

Patty Shively is a lovely Christian lady and she never hides that fact. When you talk with Patty it is easy to see her love for the Lord and His word. Her every day conversation reminds us all of how important it is to hide God’s word in our heart so that when we need it we can recall it for the situation at hand. Patty is married to a fine Christian man and they have one daughter and several grand children. Patty is active in the ministries at her local church and often invites others to “come to church”. Patty’s gifts of evangelism, teaching and hospitality are evident in how she spends her time “loving on” just about every one she meets. Christianity Every Day is happy to have Patty as a guest contributor.

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