Stone Soup

The word of the Lord came to me this morning, saying, “Stone Soup.” The Lord then reminding me, “You are part of the whole.”

The words ‘Stone Soup’ come from a well-known European folk tale with slightly varying versions in different countries, such as France, Hungary, Russia, Portugal and Germany. The story follows the line of a weary traveller, or travellers, who enter a village; sometimes depicted as soldiers returning from war.

The story then follows, that these weary men, having once asked for help, are turned away by the villagers, who say they have nothing to give. Unperturbed by the villager’s denial or lack of response, the soldiers hatch a plan to seek these same villagers’ help, to add some ‘flavour’ to what they have called a pot of ‘stone soup.’

Fooled by this device, and perhaps spurred on by the opportunity to share in a pot of ‘tasty’ stone soup, the villagers, one by one, begin to offer a small tasty morsel or two, to ‘add’ to the simmering pot, whereby ‘enhancing’ its once ‘bland’ flavour. This finally culminates in a community effort that reaps great results, as “each one does it’s part.” – See Ephesians 4:16 KJV.

The Apostle Paul said to the saints at Ephesus,

See also, Romans chapter 12; 1 Corinthians chapter 12; and Ephesians 6:11.

These specific words then came to me:

“We can do much better together, than what we can do on our own. The secret is in making a start!”

  • God speaks a thing (the power is in the word)
  • We respond
  • God does it

“What was once hopeless becomes hopeful. And we see those very things begin to take place that God has spoken. People who were once grasping at straws are grasping at straws no longer – They have something substantial to hold onto!”

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