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The "Mirepoix" of Faith

The "Mirepoix" of Faith

The week after Christmas I wasn’t feeling very well – actually, I felt pretty awful, so I decided to fix different soups for our meals each day. Actually, Tom likes cutting up veggies, so he did all the hard work of food prep, and I put it all together in the pan and cooked and seasoned everything. I think we make a pretty good cooking team.

  • On Dec. 27, Tom cut up carrots, celery, and onion – and I fixed split pea soup.
  • On Dec. 28, Tom cut up carrots, celery, and onion – and potatoes – and I fixed cream of potato soup.
  • On Dec. 29, Tom cut up carrots, celery, and onion – and I fixed ham and beans and cornbread.
  • On Jan. 6, Tom cut up carrots, celery, and onion – and I added other vegetables and made veggie soup.

You get the idea. Carrots, celery, and onion – often referred to as “mirepoix” – or the mix of vegetables that serve as the base/foundation of different soups and dishes. They add a lot of flavor and texture – and nutrition!

It got me thinking – if “mirepoix” – a mixture of diced carrots, celery, and onion – make a good base for soups and other food dishes, then what is the correlation – the “mirepoix” – to my spiritual life? I know that sounds a little odd, but after making different soups multiple days in a row, it was on my mind!

Anyway, for me, I would have to say that a healthy “mirepoix” for my spiritual life involves reading the Bible, spending time in prayer talking to and listening to God, and being part of a community of faith and worshipping God together regularly.  All of these things add depth to my life – the Bible, talking with and listening to God, and through our time of worship, book studies, and through Christian friends, I find myself to be inspired and challenged to make changes in my life, which I hope (and pray) will help me to be more like Christ. It is through this “mirepoix” of faith that God reveals the places where I have failed and need to seek forgiveness, and the way in which I am also challenged to serve God in fresh, new ways. If I am struggling with a problem, I can find strength and encouragement from my “mirepoix” of faith, too. I don’t do all of this perfectly – especially when life gets a little crazy, but I know it’s the healthiest way for me to live my life as a child of God. And not only do I want to be healthier physically as we enter a new year, I am also seeking to live healthier spiritually as well.

Cathy Harris


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Cathy finds great joy in serving as co-pastor at Spiceland Friends Church and in ministering alongside the wonderful folks in our church family. She loves music and enjoys singing, playing the piano, and dabbling a bit on the mountain dulcimer, autoharp, and lap harp. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband, Tom, their children, and her granddog, Jack. Her greatest desire is to serve God with all her heart.

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