Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Aebleskiver Christ: A call to conscious conduct

Last week we worked our way through the Westminster Shorter Catechism (WSC) question #31 which reads:

Question: What is effective calling?

Answer: Effective calling is the work of God's Spirit, Who convinces us that we are sinful and miserable, Who enlightens our minds in the knowledge of Christ, and Who renews our wills. This is how He persuades and makes us able to receive Jesus Christ, Who is freely offered in the gospel.

So what does this have to do with Aebleskivers you might ask? Some of you might be wondering what an Aebleskiver is. An Aebleskiver is a Danish treat much like a filled donut which is made in a special pan.

When we were in California we used to watch PBS rather regularly and we liked a show called California Gold. The show was hosted by a guy named Huell Howser who would go throughout California showing different landmarks and sites and interview the people who lived there. Being from the central coast we always loved to see things in our backyard (Harmony, San Simeon, Morro Bay etc). One show we watched was on Solvang, CA, a cute Danish tourist town near Santa Barbara, which was about an hour south of us.

So now you may be asking what Aebleskivers might have to do with the WSC. I'm telling you, kids have the best memories. We were working through this question and Bennett was reciting the answer when he said " This is how He makes us Aebleskiver to receive Jesus Christ." Samantha and I instantly broke out in laughter knowing what he was referencing even though we saw this episode nearly 2.5 years and 4 moves ago! He has never even had an Aebleskiver (he likes his food, like his dad), but it was locked into his memory.

So if you think your children are not paying attention to what you watch on TV, how you do business or talk to your spouse you are quite frankly wrong.

Let's do a better job of filtering what we place before the eyes of our precious children and ourselves for that matter.

Psa. 101:3 I will set no worthless thing before my eyes


Samantha said...

I do have to say that Bennett did see Aebleskivers a couple of months ago in a Williams and Sonoma catalog because they were selling the pan to make these "filled pancakes" as they called them. He has a good memory, but not quite 2 1/2 years good. My other favorite thing of his is when he hears the word "Acts" and he laughs and gets excited and says, "Axe!"