The Melanesian Martyrs' Memorial Church of St Andrews

Pentecost 9c, 2019

Have you made pancakes lately? Or muffins? Anything that involves a batter     containing a leavening agent like baking powder? The batter doesn’t look like much, does it? Before they are baked, yeast breads give us a hint at what’s to come after their time in the oven. But it’s the quick breads that  really surprise us. There they sit, batter in a bowl. We who have been around a while know what to expect, so the miracle is often wasted on us, but make waffles with a young child, and you will be reminded of the miracle effected by a hot waffle iron and a little patience. Batter goes in, wait until the  steaming stops, and voila! Breakfast! Slathered with butter and anointed with golden or maple syrup, it becomes a feast!

So the next time you are trying to wrap your mind around faith, or worrying that you don’t have any or enough, just think about making waffles and trust that what comes out of the waffle iron will look and taste better than what went in. Frederick Buechner reminds us: “Remember that faith is more of a process than a possession, on-again-off-again than once and for all. Faith is not being sure where you’re going, but going anyway. A journey without maps.”  Pentecost 9c 19