Food for Life — Self Service

“The holidays are approaching. In view of this fact, it will be well to consider how much money is expended yearly in making presents to those who have no need of them. The habits of custom are so strong that to withhold gifts from our friends on these occasions would seem to us almost a neglect of them. But let us remember that our kind heavenly Benefactor has claims upon us far superior to those of any earthly friends. Shall we not, during the coming holidays, present our offerings to God? Even the children may participate in this work. Clothing and other useful articles may be given to the worthy poor, and thus a work may be done for the Master.

“Let us remember that Christmas is celebrated in commemoration of the birth of the world’s Redeemer. This day is generally spent in feasting and gluttony. Large sums of money are spent in needless self -indulgence. The appetite and sensual pleasures are indulged at the expense of physical, mental, and moral power. Yet this has become a habit. Pride, fashion, and gratification of the palate have swallowed up immense sums of money that have really benefited no one, but have encouraged a prodigality of means which is displeasing to God. These days are spent in glorifying self rather than God. Health has been sacrificed, money worse than thrown away, many have lost their lives by overeating or through demoralizing dissipation, and souls have been lost by this means.

“God would be glorified by His children should they enjoy a plain, simple diet, and use the means intrusted to them in bringing to His treasury offerings, small and great, to be used in sending the light of truth to souls that are in the darkness of error. The hearts of the widow and fatherless may be made to rejoice because of gifts which will add to their comfort and satisfy their hunger.

“Let all who profess to believe the present truth calculate how much they spend yearly, and especially upon the recurrence of the annual holidays, for the gratification of selfish and unholy desires, how much in the indulgence of appetite, and how much to compete with others in unchristian display. Sum up the means thus spent all needlessly, and then estimate how much might be saved as consecrated gifts to God’s cause without injury to soul or body.

“Mites and more liberal gifts may be brought in, according to the ability of the giver, to aid in lifting debts from churches which have been dedicated to God. Then there are missionaries to be sent into new fields, and others to be supported in their respective fields of labor. These missionaries have to practice the strictest economy, even denying themselves the very things you enjoy daily, and which you consider the necessaries of life. They enjoy few luxuries.” Messages to Young People, 311–312.

Let each and every one of us heed these words from our God, not only during this season, but during the rest of the probationary time He has given us to prepare for His soon coming! Have you ever seen our world in a worse condition? It seems that the signs of Christ’s coming are everywhere! In the calamities by land, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and the absolute disregard of human lives. It is fearful, and it should prompt each of God’s children to “look up, for our redemption draweth nigh”! Have a “holy” holiday, and may the Lord bless each of you is my prayer. See you next year.

Pumpkin “Cheese” Cake

1 lb. Tofu, drained and mashed

1/2 tsp. Cardamom

16 oz. can Libby’s Pumpkin

1/2 cup pure Maple Syrup

1/2 cup Arrowroot or Corn Starch

2 cups Grape Nuts Cereal

1/2 cup Apple Juice Concentrate

1/2 tsp. Coriander

In two batches, blend the tofu, pumpkin and maple syrup. Add arrowroot and spices and mix together well. To make crust, grind the grape nuts in dry blender. Mix with apple juice concentrate. Pat into 9-inch pie dish. Pour in filling. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until set. A butter knife should come out clean in the center. If not done, turn heat down to 325° and bake an additional 15 minutes. It will become firmer as it cools. Chill overnight before serving.