Thursday, December 3, 2015

Now that takes the cake!

Ave Maria! Have you seen the above image? If not, you can read about it here. The short version is that a woman named Lisa Aldrich selected a cake at the grocery store for her sister's birthday. Lisa asked "a bakery-looking employee" to write "Happy Birthday Mandy" on the cake. It took the employee "a long time," but eventually she returned the embellished cake to Lisa, who promptly thanked her and headed to check-out. There the cashier and several other employees, including the manager, gave the cake "a serious once-over." They told Lisa that the woman who decorated the cake has autism, which is why it took her so long to accomplish this simple task and why the writing on the cake is so askew.

Hark! I hear St. John the Baptist crying out "And the crooked shall be made straight!" (Luke 3:5) Miss Cake-Decorator did what was asked of her, even though it wasn't her job. Lisa didn't hesitate to purchase a cake, even though it wasn't picture perfect. Love does what is asked and receives what is given. I suspect that's a birthday cake that Lisa, Mandy and everyone else will remember forever. I hope I do, too.  

"Every valley shall be exalted,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall become straight,
and the rough ways plain.
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh together shall see,
that the mouth of the Lord hath spoken."
~Isaiah 40:4-5

Come, dear Jesus!  Come and straighten my crooked heart
that it may reveal Your glory for all to see.  Amen.

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