Baking a fresh batch

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing;
knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil,
and his lips that they speak no guile.
Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous,
and his ears are open unto their prayers:
but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye:
and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:
and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you
a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear...
I Peter 3:9-15

My answer, my reason of the hope that is in me, is fresh baked bread and a visit from my baby brother and his wife on a sunny Saturday morning in January. It is working with my hands, kneading bread, forming the long loaves, watching them rise golden brown and fill my home with fragrance. It is steam rising off my bread pans, a pot of squaw corn to eat, and salty butter melting on the hot slices just cut from the loaf. It is conversation, and laughter, and joy, and seriousness. I praise God for the gift of life He already gave me, and bow humbly before Him to ask for more.