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July '21

“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” - Acts 2:46-47

 

Reflection:

Nothing says summer like good food and good fellowship, jah?

As a young girl, I remember going to my Uncle Amos and Aunt Anna Jane Buchwalter's big stone house in Brownstown, PA, and having good fellowship with my mother's married brothers and sisters and all the many cousins.

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The spread of food (everyone brought a favorite dish) was nothing less than impressive, and often I went in search of the peach crisp with real whipped cream first. Peaches have always "called" to me—peach jam and jelly on buttered toast, fresh peaches sliced or chopped over homemade ice cream, and frosty, thick peaches and cream milkshakes. Anything with peaches! (My Peach Delight recipe is found on page 16 of The Beverly Lewis Amish Heritage Cookbook.)

Are you seeing a theme here? Yes, to me there is definitely something enticing about fresh peaches!

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Food and fellowship go hand-in-hand, and many of us have missed (craved?) those key components during the seemingly endless Covid-19 lockdowns. Delicious food is one thing, but sharing and eating ("breaking bread") with others makes it even better. And picnics under God's great canopy of sky and sun, well, that's the best! My mother used to say, "Food tastes better outside!" And I agree.

May your summer be filled with the joy of fellowship, tasty food, relaxing fun and the faith that firmly knits us together in the family of God.

Blessings abundant,

Beverly Lewis

Update:

This month I'm busy promoting my September 7 stand-alone novel, set in Hickory Hollow, The Beginning. Watch for an exciting announcement from me July 14 (soon!) regarding a special BOGO deal (Buy One, Get One). Also, I'm happy to report that I'm keeping my daily writing pace for my current draft for my Fall '22 novel.

I'm also working with my sister-partner, Barbara, on our new line of Amish Cheer cards: "Plain Pals," which are ready for your order. We ship immediately, as you may know if you're one of our loyal customers. See more at: www.amishcheer.com. Thanks so very much for making "Plain Pals" one of our most popular card lines, so far. Happy spreading cheer with us!

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