This is yet another post in the history of our “COOKIE FLINGING.” It starts off here. You can read some of the history of it over here. It’s something we do every once in a while where we bake cookies, bag them up, put in a note saying “Just a Simple Way to Share Some Love”, and we walk around the neighborhood to pass them out to whomever we meet.
It’s something I look forward to the few times a year that we do it. It gets laypersons out in the community, blessing people. It’s easy to do. And, really, lots of people love cookies. It is not uncommon to have someone say any of the following:
- “Sure, I’d like a cookie.”
- “How much does it cost?” (Our response is that it’s a gift).
- “What can I give you in return?” (Again, we say it’s just a gift)
- “THAT’S THE NICEST THING ANYONE HAS EVER DONE FOR ME.”
In other words, it’s well received.
Well, we flung the cookies again a couple of Sundays ago and there are two things I wanted to share.
First off, we had a new attendee flinging with us and she was one of the most open and prayer-centered persons I’ve flung cookies with before. Normally, that’s not the “point.” We’ve tried to make it something that is exceptionally non-threatening…safe. So prayer doesn’t usually happen except in rare circumstances. But she was very comfortable and it all came across very natural. It was nice to see. There was the blessing of free cookies and the blessing of free prayer.
Secondly, we had a few more cookies left in our bag and I had the idea of going to a couple of the bars and handing out cookies there. Bars don’t often get church folks coming in during business hours. And they definitely don’t have church folks passing out cookies. My normal routine at any business is that I ask the person behind the counter if it’s OK to hand out cookies. I don’t want to get in the way of their operations. They normally say “yes.” And then we hand ’em out. What was cool about this particular occasion is that, as we were leaving, one of the patrons shouted out, “Hey, we have Jesus Cookies.”
As we walked away I said to the two folks with me, “Jesus cookies… If that’s the association they have with our church, I’m OK with that.”
So, now I can sit back and look forward to the next time we fling the cookies again. And, if anyone else calls them “Jesus cookies,” that’s pretty awesome.