You know the story in the Bible about Mary and Martha…the one where Martha is cooking like crazy trying to get dinner on the table and Mary is sitting and chatting with Jesus? Martha gets frustrated because Mary isn’t helping her. She tries to get Jesus to tell Mary to stop talking so much and help out with the cooking and the serving. Jesus replies, “Martha, Martha, thou art careful (worried) and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
Oh shoot. Martha was so busy and so worried about getting everyone’s needs met that she wasn’t taking the time to relax and visit with her guests, especially with Jesus. And Mary…she ought to have helped out with things, too. That way, everyone could have enjoyed the day. Sometimes, though, I guess that the time you spend with people is far more important than the food that you feed them. Especially if Jesus is visiting. Wouldn’t you want to spend more time talking to him than feeding him? Which would you rather say…”I fed Jesus a fabulous meal and waited on him hand and foot” or “Jesus dropped by today and we ate salad and rolls and talked a lot.”
I’m sort of like Martha, especially on Sundays when family comes to visit. I want to make a nice dinner, set a pretty table, and create a happy atmosphere Like I said, I want to do those things, but I’m not usually very successful. I tend to wear myself out with the working and the worry and I definitely don’t have much of Jesus on my mind. But Sunday dinner is supposed to be special because, well, its SUNDAY and everybody knows that on Sunday you’re supposed to make a nice dinner, set a pretty table, and create a happy atmosphere. You, the chief cook and bottle washer, are supposed to be Martha on Sunday. And make rolls. Everybody knows that it ain’t Sunday dinner unless you have rolls.
How do you “choose that good part” and get dinner on the table, including the homemade rolls? First, redefine Sunday dinner. Make it simple. I’m going to start doing things more simply. How about tossing a ham in the oven, making a salad, and, just to let your family know that you still care about them, make these delicious rolls. The rolls would be great with slices of ham on them with a little mustard. You’d have a complete meal: meat, bread, and the salad will provide your vegetables.Everyone will get fed, including you, and you’ll have plenty of time to visit and talk and feel like Jesus is close by.
Note: I use a dough enhancer in these rolls. Dough enhancers improve texture and rise in breads and rolls and add a little ‘extra something’ to the flavor. It’s the ‘mmmmmm’ factor. The brand that I use is by Grandma’s Country Foods and contains whey, tofu, soy lecithin, sea salt, yeast, vitamin C, and a little cornstarch. The grocery stores in my area sell dough enhancers in the baking isle. They are often a ‘top shelf’ item and I generally find them near the flour. I am not promoting Grandma’s brand; I am simply saying that it is the one that I use.
For a good tutorial on making and shaping dinner rolls, please see Paradise Dinner Rolls!
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