Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Jars and the Symbols of the Salad Dressing

Sunday is the day I share a little of my soul. Enjoy.

This year we're giving away jars of herb infused vinegar at Christmas to the gals from the ladies Relief Society. I had to share how pretty they turned out...and the message attached to each jar.
The herbs grew in my garden and we harvested them just before we made the jars. Distilled vinegar over the herbs and sealed tightly. In two weeks the vinegar will be nicely infused with the herbs and ready for salad dressing.

The Symbols of the Salad Dressing

Vinegar: “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.“ John 19: 28-30

Usually olive oil is meant when oil is mentioned in the scriptures. From Old Testament times, olive oil has been used for temple and tabernacle rites, for anointings, for burning in lamps, and for food. Olive oil is sometimes a symbol for purity and for the Holy Spirit and its influence (1 Sam. 10:1, 6; 16:13; Isa. 61:1–3).

Bitter herbs. Eaten by the Israelites at the seder or home passover meal, to remind them of the bitterness of Egyptian bondage prior to the exodus (Ex. 12:8; Num. 9:11). The herbs included watercress, radishes, endive, horseradish. These herbs are believed to have been eaten at the last supper.

Oil and vinegar dressing:
Combine 1 part vinegar and 3 parts oil with a whisk until well combined. Pour over vegetables to add luster and flavor, to please the heart and heal the body.

May the symbols of the dressing remind you of our Lord and the season we celebrate His miraculous birth. May we ever more rejoice that He did in fact, finish the work He was sent forth to do.

“We testify that the greatest gift of this or any other Christmas is the Atonement of Jesus as the Redeemer, the Son of God... It is a gift we cannot handle or touch, but we can feel the immeasurable love of the Giver. Through this gift we can all find the pathway to eternal life. Our testimony of this is sure, real, and absolute, as is my sacred testimony of Him. We invoke the blessings of God upon us all at this special Christmastime.” -- James E. Faust

Merry Christmas my dear friends. May God bless you this Christmas with unmeasurable joy.
There you go.


Mama Peck said...

What a lovely gift! Thank you for sharing. It would be equally appropriate for Easter. Gonna remember this one. Merry Christmas, my friend! ((hugs))

Chef Tess said...

Totally wonderful for Easter! You're right! Merry Christmas to you too sweet Marnie!