Faith / Reflections

The Perfect PB and J

Did your mother ever pack you PB and J sandwiches in brown paper bags? The peanut butter and jelly would ooze out the sides and you’d have to lick the jelly off your fingers?

There’s nothing quite like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with perfect, equal amounts of each. The peanut butter is just salty enough to really bring out the sweetness of the jelly and the different flavours and textures enhance one another.

The Christian life is a bit like this. Living for Christ is not always easy. There are moments along life’s journey where we are called to make sacrifices, take leaps of faith and trust in a power we cannot see. Yet these salty moments are what truly allow us to appreciate the sweet, sweet moments of consolation from Him.

This summer on mission has been the most beautiful and challenging summer of our lives so far; one of many salty sacrifices to help build His Kingdom and countless moments of sweet consolation, such as ‘glory stories’ shared over peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

There are only three weeks of mission left before all of us return to our homes and campuses across Canada. For the girls from our house on mission, our shared love of peanut butter and PB and J sandwiches will always serve to remind us of the summer that united us and stirred in us a deep love for our faith. As we go forth on very different life journeys,  we know it is this balance of sweet and salty that will challenge us and allow us to grow spiritually.

 The Perfect PB and J

  • 2 pieces of bread
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp strawberry jelly
Lay out two slices of your favorite bread. Spoon onto one a generous amount of smooth (or crunchy) peanut butter. Onto the other, a heaping helping of jelly (strawberry is our pick). With a butter knife, spread the peanut butter and jelly. Put both pieces together for the perfect sandwich, just like your mama used to make!
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