Our God is a good God who shares with us His gifts despite our attitude in receiving them. It’s the first Monday of the year and all I can think of when my alarm chirps is that the luxury of weekend time has evaporated into another Monday morning. My crooked heart swells with ingratitude. I get through the day, reminded: His mercies are new every morning and to see beauty is to see His Heart beating. There is a hawk, feathers ruffling in the breeze, perched on a street sign, silent sentinel over week-day traffic. The way the sun drips golden over overgrown grass on Battlefield Boulevard. Suddenly I realize I am a recipient of Grace and Goodness I don’t deserve. How do I respond? Bake and bless someone else. This is my mom’s recipe, incidentally identical on food.com– I am not making it tonight, but since several friends have asked me to share, here goes nothing– blueberry pie– crisp and clean.

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Recipe courtesy of http://www.food.com/recipe/blueberry-pie-24521

Directions:

  1. SPRINKLE berries with lemon juice; set aside.
  2. FIT half of pastry in a 9-inch pieplate according to package directions.
  3. COMBINE 1 cup sugar and next 3 ingredients; add to berries, stirring well.
  4. Pour into pastry shell, and dot with butter.
  5. UNFOLD remaining pastry on a lightly floured surface; roll gently with rolling pin to remove creases in pastry.
  6. Place pastry over filling; seal and crimp edges.
  7. Cut slits in top of crust to allow steam to escape.
  8. Brush top of pastry with beaten egg, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar BAKE at 400Β° for 35 minutes or until golden.
  9. Cover edges with aluminum foil to prevent overbrowning, if necessary.
  10. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Now that I am married, I am happy to create beautiful food for the man I love. This, I think, is a perfect blessing on the first Monday of the year.

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