Tonight the men in my husband’s small group roasted marshmallows on our back porch. It was hot and muggy outside and I could see sweat dripping down their faces; but their laughter was contagious, drawing my daughter and I outside to join them. The men meet weekly in our home for Christian accountability, sharing their lives and Christ with one another.
Their walk with Christ is stronger because of the relationship they share through Him. But on this night, they were sharing the art of preparing s’mores with one of the guys who had never heard of the infamous campfire treat. They had all the necessary ingredients on hand: a couple bags of marshmallows, a box of graham crackers and several thick Hershey’s chocolate candy bars.
I watched as they took turns loading their hanger with marshmallows and then holding the hanger close to the flames from their makeshift “campfire” on our patio. Instructions for roasting the “perfect marshmallow” were exchanged. Chocolate was slipped in place between two graham crackers, ready to receive the puffy, golden brown marshmallows which would melt the chocolate, warm the crackers and transform the ingredients into the rich, delicious dessert known simply as s’mores.
While they laughed and slapped one another on the back enjoying the experience and fellowship, I offered a silent prayer of thanks to God for surrounding my husband with Godly men and for allowing my daughter and me to witness their joy in one another and the Lord. What a beautiful and perfect thing it is when God’s people come together in His name and roast marshmallows!
“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up! But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up….Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
– Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 (NIV)
“Thank you, Lord, for marshmallows and the simple joys in life which remind us of Your presence, and for friendships which strengthen and sustain our relationship with You. I pray we remain faithful to You in all we say and do. Help me strengthen my relationships by…”