Love Apples

I’ve shared this before, but I think it’s worth repeating. I had a dream in which I was sitting with Jesus, eating fries (or chips, if you prefer) with ketchup. They were the best ever. He looked at me and said, “Really good, huh?” I nodded enthusiastically. He picked one up and said, “Ketchup—totally my idea.”

I woke up wondering about the ketchup comment, and looked up its history. According to National Geographic, in 1812, James Mease, a horticulturist, was the first person who wrote down a ketchup recipe with tomatoes, which he called “love apples.”

I know how silly an analogy this may seem. But maybe silly is what you need right now to hear what God is saying: you’re his most brilliant idea. Your very existence makes Jesus ecstatically happy. No matter how you or anyone else has been judging you, you’re as amazing as French fries, and your life is completely covered by the most incredible love ever.

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