When I was 10, I found Jesus in a cake. Our family was celebrating Twelfth Night with friends who hosted a party on each of the 12 days of Christmas. From the day after Christmas until the day before Epiphany, they would sing, play games, and set out cookies.
That cake was a first lesson that God hides in other things—often things that say something about God’s character. For example, Jesus describes himself as living water. This is a clear invitation to consider how God is refreshing, necessary, present in each cell of my body and a substance without which all creation would perish.
So, when I think about baby Jesus hiding inside a delicious chocolate cake, I ponder God not just as a necessity but as a delight. God in Christ is something to celebrate, a cause for joy.
This message is an excerpt from “God hides in a piece of cake” by Cara Strickland in the January/February 2021 issue of Gather magazine. Today is the third Sunday after Pentecost.