In a little book called “You’re Out of Date, God?” the author quotes from an old letter from her mother:
Things are fine around here. Elsie Krabble went to church Sunday. She said the sermon lasted rather long, but she didn’t mind because that’s when she plans her menu for the week, and she was able to get it planned way up through Wednesday noon of the week after next.
“The gates of heaven must tremble at such devotion,” says the author, Barbara Jergensen. Then she wonders what kind of menus a woman like Elsie Krabble would plan during a sermon. For example, if the preacher had a “fire and brimstone” message, Elsie might feature “London Broil.” If the sermon was about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, “Baked Apple” might be on the menu. If there was talk of the Promised Land, Elsie might be thinking “Milk and Honey.” For the Prodigal Son story it might be “Prime Ribs of…
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