a chocolate tasting party + a story

 

Peppermint Chocolate Ganache Cake with Peppermint Crunch Recipe 

 

“Jesus is Sweeter than Chocolate”

A couple of years ago during Advent season – which is the time before and leading up to Christmas – I filled a big glass jar with small silvery Hershey’s kisses. To participate in Advent, Tyler or I would read our little family a part of the Bible’s Christmas story after supper. When he was finished reading, we would pray, thanking God for Christmas, for sending His Son Jesus to save the world, and then I would pass out one kiss to each little boy and in a momma’s sing song voice say –

Jesus is sweeter than chocolate.

I come from a long line of chocolate lovers and grew up with grandmothers, great aunts, and mommas… mostly women 🙂 declaring their love for the delectable stuff.

And even at my great aunt’s funeral a few weeks ago, there was a glass dish full of her favorite, the silvery wrapped chocolate candy.

I have embraced this love, and many nights you can find me on the ouch, a square or three of dark chocolate in one hand and a sip of red wine in the other.
For a few years I was apart of a bible study where the teaching leader, Emily, often declared her personal affection for chocolate – chocolate anything! bars, cakes, ice cream, you name it – if it was chocolate, she loved it. I knew this was the group for me!

And as thought about what kind of Coventry Court Christmas Party I wanted to have, I considered – what do I like?

The answer was obvious – chocolate!

I hope chatting with one another has been fun – if there’s something I love to accompany my chocolate it’s a good conversation with a good friend! – and I hope you have been enjoying the variety of chocolate shared tonight (I have been delighted to sample your favorites!)…  aaaand

Just like my bible study teacher taught, and just like my Mama Bud knows, and just like we sing to the boys…

Jesus is sweeter than chocolate.

My bible study teacher – sure she spoke of her love for chocolate, but so much more she proclaimed her love for Jesus.

My Mama Bud always passed out Hershey’s kisses but even more so she offered the love, grace, and sweetness of Jesus to me and everyone who entered her home.

With our sons, we wanted to gift them with a small, delicious reminder as they tasted that Hershey kiss that yes indeed Jesus’ love is sweet, and even sweeter than that piece of candy!

Jesus is God’s Son, born to the virgin Mary and adoptive daddy Joseph, and Jesus came not to condemn sinners, but to save sinners. He kindly leads sinners to say sorry for their wrong doing an tenderly leads them to right living. Since we all are women who have done wrong – it’s you and me, girl, who He came to save – in His kindness, His love, His sweetness.

You and me – we are both known and loved by God. And this is proven at the Cross where Jesus, 32 years after He was born to his momma, dies to pay the penalty of our sin. Death is the penalty of sin against God, but instead of us dying for our own sin, Jesus died in our place. He knew you and me were sinners – He knows! and He loves you and me so much He died save us from sin and death.

Just like my bible study teacher, Emily, and my great aunt Mama Bud, you and me can know and savor His sweet love for us, too.

In the Bible John 3:16 declares, “For God so loved the world – so much, and in this way! – that He sent His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him – Jesus – will not perish, or experience soul death, but will have life eternally.”

In the Bible, 1 John 1:9 reads, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

John 3:17 continues, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”

and Psalm 37:4 reads, “Taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed are those who take refuge in Him!” 

 

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