The Power of Two! (Angel in the Kitchen)

TOGETHER we look simply stunning!

recently we began our discussion of palatable pairings (things in the kitchen that work great together), and the POWER OF TWO. We listed such delectable duos as peanut butter and jelly; bread and butter; peaches and cream; and we mentioned how the power of two can carry over into life. When two people work together to achieve a goal or realize a dream, they can accomplish far more than they might individually. The SUM really is greater than the parts. That’s why the buddy system works so well … on the job, when dieting, cleaning the house, etc. Usually makes things a lot more fun, too!

Here’s a few more examples of kitchen companions: fork and knife (only together can they conquer that juicy steak); cup and saucer (both serve a need, but only together are they an elegant couple); table and chair (Who wants to eat standing up? And when you’re seated, a table can hold far more dishes than your lap!); pot and lid. (Hey, do we really need to explain this dynamic duo?)

There’s a Biblical basis for the POWER OF TWO, one that goes well beyond all those cute animal couples that boarded the SS Noah’s ARK “two by two”! (Genesis 6:9) Yes, the POWER OF TWO has a spiritual application: the GOD Factor! What’s the GOD Factor? Well, we just now made that part up, but essentially it describes higher mathematics (“higher” as in Heaven). It’s when 1 + 1 = 3. Here’s how it works: “…Where two or three gather together as My followers, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20 NLT) In other words, when believers meet to pray or fellowship, God joins the gathering!

Prior to the coming of Jesus Christ (Yeshua), it took 12 men to form a “proper” spiritual gathering or assembly. Thanks to the presence of the Lord, it takes only two now! (Actually only ONE, but we’ll get to that.) It takes only two, because God shows up — AND HE CARRIES WAY MORE WEIGHT!! He’s the “CEO” in any meeting and He has the authority to get things done — even when there’s not a quorum.

But to ensure our team leader is present, we need to be sure we’re allowing Him to be in charge. We have to invite Him to be the Captain of our souls, to take the helm of our lives, and chart the right course for each of us. After all, He should be in charge, because He’s infinitely wiser and more powerful than we are. He’s our safe port in a storm: “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” (Romans 8:31 NLT)

“Okay, but what if I’m all by my lonesome? What then? Does God abandon me so He can go hang out in a ‘crowd’ of 2 or more?” No way! When it comes to a relationship with God, One is NOT the loneliest number! God is always in the midst of “two or more,” but He’s also CONSTANTLY at the side of every SINGLE believer! Remember, He’s “… a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24 NIV)

You may be single and feeling like you don’t have any real friends; you may be divorced or widowed, and struggling with isolation and despair; you may be an orphan, or at times you feel like one; someone may have abandoned you or left you in the lurch; you may feel all alone in this big world, but God “Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I forsake you.'” (Hebrews 13:8 NASB)

Aslan (“The Lion of the Tribe of Judah”) and crew, in THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

With Christ, you are never alone! “…Remember I am with you always until the end of time.” (Matthew 28:20 GOD’S WORD) So whether you’re “alone” or in a group, TAP INTO THE POWER OF TWO!

“…Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)


The Secret Origins of Thanksgiving (Angel in the Kitchen)


Thanksgiving originated as a celebration commemorating the autumn harvest. The first such celebration took place in 1621, in Plymouth, when the Pilgrims honored God with a three-day feast, thanking their Lord as their protector and the provider of the bountiful blessings they’d enjoyed all year. One of these blessings was the freedom to worship God without persecution. Another blessing was the peace and unity these colonists enjoyed in the New World: according to Edward Winslow, one of the attendees at this first Thanksgiving celebration, 53 Pilgrims sat down to break bread with 90 Native Americans from the Wampanoag Tribe.

Elsewhere in America, New England colonists regularly celebrated “thanksgivings” or designated days of prayer thanking God for His continued blessings. And later, in a 1789 proclamation, George Washington asked the country to observe the celebration nationally. Several decades later, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln went one step further, by designating Thanksgiving as a federal holiday, a time of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” Lincoln was correct, as he was in all things presidential, that we Americans owed an incalculable debt of gratitude to God for preserving the country through the turmoil and bloodshed of the War Between the States.

Together, these various celebrations and events formed the Thanksgiving traditions we now observe each year on the last Thursday in November. But do we always remember to express our gratitude to God? America is still standing, still free, still prosperous, still a land for which we should be especially thankful, a land founded upon Judeo-Christian principles; and yet, people today tend to celebrate the feast without acknowledging the Provider of the Feast.

One of the Hebrew names for the God of the Bible is Jehovah Jireh, which essentially translates “The Lord is my Provider.” (See Genesis 22:14) It’s wholly appropriate, because God’s people understood that “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens]….” (James 1:17 ESV)

“And this same God who takes care of [us] will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 ESV) Will you remember to thank the Great Provider and Sustainer during your Thanksgiving Day festivities?

Now, we fully understand that most people do not view Thanksgiving as a primarily religious holiday. Nevertheless, it is traditionally recognized as a day to give thanks, and to whom do we owe the most thanks if not the Creator of the Universe? In fact, the concept of giving thanks to God is woven into the fabric of Judaism and Christianity. Throughout the Bible there are countless scriptures on giving thanks, such as this one: “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you….” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NASB)

Furthermore, God would wholeheartedly approve of Thanksgiving. We should daily count our blessings and thank God for His Love and care, but setting aside a special day to do so as a nation demonstrates the magnitude of our gratefulness to God for keeping our country and our families together and prosperous. In fact, God said, “You shalt feast in all the good things which the Lord thy God hath given thee and thy house, thou … and the stranger that is with thee.” (Deuteronomy 26:11, Douay-Rheims trans.) Hm, sounds like a party — with God as the guest of honor!

So, when you sit down with friends and family today, before you carve the turkey, before you pass the sweet potatoes, remember to thank the Provider of your feast. And instead of muttering a quick and haphazard word of “Grace,” tell God in your own words, and with sincerity, how much you appreciate His safekeeping and provisions. Later, after the meal, before you plop down in the recliner to watch the big game, take time with your loved ones, to reflect on all the blessings you’ve reaped throughout the year. Thank the Lord for each one, and praise Him for His faithfulness. He delights in our praises, and He longs to hear our words of gratitude.

“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praise to Your name, Most High.” (Psalm 92:1 ISV)