Pretzel Prayer

    We had a great time in Germany visiting our grandson for his 4th birthday along with Colter and Tasha.  I feel like we really experienced German culture, as we stayed in a small German village tucked into the mountains with very little English spoken in town. 

    We walked down to the local bakery several times to get Pretzels, a big favorite.  I really like pretzels, especially since that was the name of my high school football team.

    I read once that the pretzel came into being because a pastor of a church in Italy wanted to remind the children to pray and reward them when they did.   He developed the pretiola, which means “little gift.” It was a biscuit shaped like a pair of hands clasped together in prayer.

    Eventually the pretiolas made their way over the Alps and the Germans glazed and salted them and they became a very popular part of German diet, which still holds true today.

    All because a pastor wanted to increase the value for prayer.  I think about that when I eat a pretzel.   Here is my prayer for all of us today:


    16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” 

    (Ephesians 3:16-19)


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