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Trinkets & Treats

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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“The joys of earth are little better than husks for pigs compared with Jesus, the heavenly manna. We would rather have one mouthful of Christ's love and a sip of his fellowship than a whole world full of carnal delights.” – C.H. Spurgeon

There is a family-owned candy store in the town where I grew up named, “Aunt Charlotte’s”. It is a third-generation business, located in the center of Merchantville in an old two-story brick building that once housed a coffee shop and a grain and feed store.

As a child, I loved visiting Aunt Charlotte’s to sample their dark chocolate nonpareils and peppermint bark. I also looked forward to Halloween, because Mr. Oakford, the proprietor, would always hand out freshly dipped candy apples to the kids in town.

Once I became a parent, I enjoyed taking our three kids to Aunt Charlotte’s so they could make some childhood memories of their own. Bethany, who is a “chocoholic” like her dad, would always select one of Mr. Oakford’s handmade confections. However, Matt and Chris would head over to the bins where the commercially made candy was displayed and satisfy themselves with a box of Good & Plenty’s or Sweet Tarts.

Isn’t that what we do when we impatiently settle for less than God’s best for our lives? Far too often, we try to satisfy our innermost spiritual cravings with worldly “trinkets and treats”. Or we settle for one of Satan’s unseemly substitutes like pornography, fornication or infidelity instead of holding out for the beauty of true marital intimacy.

Back in July, our family traveled back to New Jersey for my mother’s birthday and a nephew’s wedding. One of our first stops was at Aunt Charlotte’s, where I indulged my sweet tooth with a bag of dark chocolate pretzels. Trust me… it was worth the wait.

“The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:9-10 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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