Pass the…Deviled Eggs

Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:28, Common English Bible).

This is part 9 in the November Thanksgiving series, “Pass the…” for a listing on the other posts please see the index.

There are a few things I should say here up front. First of all, I can’t ever remember deviled eggs being on my family Thanksgiving table. Second, I am not a fan of eggs. I like eggs fine in things and I will eat the occasional omelet. I will occasionally eat a scrambled or fried egg. Yet I am just not a fan of eggs.

Unless, they are deviled egg. While I may not remember having deviled eggs on my Thanksgiving table, that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like having them on the table. Well, the truth is, they wouldn’t stay on the table long because they would end up in my stomach. I love deviled eggs.

The reason I don’t like eggs is, I don’t like egg yokes. If I am going to eat an eggs I want something to help cover-up the taste of the yoke. If it is an omelet, it is the cheese and the meat and maybe some salsa. If the eggs are scrambled it needs cheese or salsa or even ketchup. If it is fried it has to be over easy and it MUST have ketchup (yes, I am one of those people).

The only way I will eat an egg just plain is boiled but the limit is one. But, if you dig the yoke out, mash it up, and add all kinds of good stuff to it, and I’m ready to eat.

Our lesson says, “Give thanks in all circumstances…” Even though I don’t like the yoke of an egg, I am still thankful for it, because, that circumstance makes one of my favorites, deviled eggs possible. Without the egg yoke, a deviled egg isn’t possible. Without the yoke an egg is an egg white and while I don’t mind eating them, they can be pretty bland and it wouldn’t take long before I would be the culinary equivalent of bored stiff.

In life we have the good and the not so good. I know not everyone thinks of egg yokes in the same way I do. Still, there is probably the equivalent in your life. It may not be food but there is probably something.

Or, it may be two things you like, but you like one better than the other. I am a guitar player (I use the term guitar player VERY loosely). I love to play my classical guitars. The fret board is wider. The body is smaller. They use nylon instead of steel strings. I could go on, but I think you probably get the idea. Though I am most thankful for my classical guitars, I am still thankful for my steel strings, if for no other reason than that is where I started.

God gives us so many things. Some of them we will love. Some we will like. Some we may not like at all. Still, give thanks in all circumstances. Even those things we may not like so much, we still need to be thankful. They may just make what we love possible. Without the egg yoke, I can’t have my deviled eggs at Thanksgiving or any other time.

So please, pass the deviled eggs.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Grace and Peace,

 Copyright 2016, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.


Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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