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|Pretzels and Prayers
|Thursday, June 27, 2019|
At Ben’s Pretzels, they mix flour, water, and salt—and make magic.
At Ben’s Pretzels, they thank you for stopping by calling out, “Have a pretzel day!”
At Ben’s Pretzels, you hear Christian music playing over the speakers and read Bible verses on the walls.
No visit to Shipshewana, Indiana would possibly be complete without a pretzel at Ben’s. As I’m blessed with a wife who agrees, we recently sat down to a steamy hot twist slathered in butter and bursting with bits of crunchy crystal salt.
Munching while marveling at this delectable (but hardly diet-worthy) treat, my eye caught sight of an antique stove. To be precise, it was a “Direct Action Lorain Oven Heat Regulator”—circa 1920s. Resting on top of its built-in pie rack were half a dozen Ball jars and two Bibles.
Nestled directly on top of its modest stovetop surface, I saw a boxy looking basket, along with some Post-it notes and pens. A sign next to them read, “Need prayer? Write it down and put it in the box. God bless!”
Know what? Quite a few people had written down prayer requests and put them in that basket.
Got me to thinking. What if Christian-owned businesses everywhere started doing that? What if Christian doctors had such a basket at the counter where you sign in for your appointment? What if Christian lawyers welcomed prayer requests in a basket in their front offices?
Observe that with such a basket, nobody is preaching a sermon. Not even a sentence. Just offering to pray.
I get that certain businesses face restrictions. I understand that for lots of reasons, lots of places couldn’t offer a prayer basket. But some could. Many could! So why not today?
And if you don’t happen to own a business, why not offer to pray for someone you know is hurting? We can—and should—pray for and with our unsaved friends.
Again—why not today?
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