For my son’s birthday (Nov. 3) I made apple pie.
(I failed to take a picture, so I made use of this picture made by someone whose baking skills exceed mine.)
Three kinds of apples, three healthy sweeteners, lemon juice, spices, a little flour for thickening, then marinating in the fridge overnight.
A crust with two kinds of flour, salt, butter, coconut oil. Should have had some vodka (keeps it tender) but it was, as are most of my pies, a creative endeavor making use of the materials at hand.
We (daughter and I) peeled enough for two pies, sliced them thinly and smashed and piled them into one pie. I asked the birthday boy if I could add raisins (no!), and how about doing a crisp top crust made up of oats, butter, sugars, salt, and chopped walnuts? “No, Mom, just plain, traditional apple pie.”
I don’t really do “plain, traditional” but I came close enough. The pie was a big pie and a big hit, and it didn’t hurt that I whipped heavy cream with a pinch of salt, a bit of almond flavoring, and a tablespoon or so of honey to liberally pile atop each slice.
The pie was enjoyed with laughter, candlelight, and song. I was chastised by my wondering children for starting “Happy Birthday” before the candles were lit (we are all in agreement that a large three-wick candle in the midst of the table works just fine for every birthday, and eliminates the cringing we all do when someone spits on the candles, and thereby the pie).
As a student of economics and government, I thought about pie slice sizes, and how my professors talked so often about scarcity, and pieces of the pie. I thought of the socialist idea that there is only so much pie to go around, and that we must all share and share alike, our tiny sliver of a sliver.
I thought of the apple pie served to the masses – storebought, from old and tired and flavorless apples, with bleached GMO white sugar, thinly layered into a nasty, off-tasting crust. Said pies are not, as was mine, baked at home in a large red pie dish. Rather, they are each merely one of hundreds, baked in throw-away aluminum via industrial ovens. For the masses. Those of whom there are too many, supposedly creating scarcity.
I am here to submit that God’s way is a very large and luscious and multi-nuanced, soul-nourishing pie. God’s way is more people to plant more apple trees, to get creative and try new varieties of apples, cooked with various kinds of sweeteners, in pies, cakes, tarts, ciders, juices, sauces, and anything else the unendingly creative human mind can dream up.
God’s way is more pie. Enough for you and whoever He puts on your heart to invite into your home and partake.
God’s way is a variety (for every individual taste, because He is not the God of stereotypes, of groups – He is the God of each and every precious individual, unique-in-all-the-world human being) of coffees and teas to go with the pie, and the giving of thanks that He is the Blesser, the Giver, the Abundant One.
The Church of Apple Pie. Try that thought on for size. Your have a choice: The Church of Slivers and Scarcity vs. The Church of Apple Pie.
It begins with each of us, looking in the mirror, being Apple Pie to those at home – not stingy in anything at all. Partakers of His bounty, that we might pass it on.
We live in a world physically and spiritually starving for big, spicy, delicious slices of apple pie. And since we’re all different, some of us want raisins, some want rum sauce atop our whipped cream. Some want plain, traditional apple pie. Some, unbelievably and inconceivably, don’t want apple pie at all, ever. They want pumpkin, or peanut butter chocolate. But I think it’s safe to say, whatever pie we prefer, we want more than a sliver, about which we have to feel we’re stealing from someone else.
Let’s do away with the lack mentality. Like storebought pie, it’s from Hell.