The H & B Edmistons have been spending a week at the beach together now for 24 years. We started the year after Dad died since we had sold our family home and needed a place to gather where we could all eat at the same table. This was an intentional move to give the grandchildren and future grandchildren of H & B time together every year without the drama that comes with holidays. It’s just seven days of regular life – but at the beach.
We are four siblings, our spouses, our 13 children and one nibling spouse.
What we pack has evolved as the kids have been born and grown up. But the biggest difference is in the food we eat. Don’t get me wrong: dessert preparation still amounts to a nightly professional bake-off. But we are healthier as we’ve learned that kale and blueberries are super foods, and Ranch dressing is not.
Overheard on Day One this year: “These chips are gluten free.”
These words were neither uttered nor considered in previous years, and it’s not just because we – the oldest generation – are in our 50s and have gluten issues. We are trying to eat healthier.
Even our desserts are healthier (frozen bananas) although my sister just baked a cake with Coca Cola as one of the ingredients.
Full disclosure: we allow “beach cereal” (Cinnamon Toast Crunch) and Pop-Tarts for breakfast for the kids, just this one week. But most of us eat a lean protein and berries. Gone are the Oreos – that much is certain.
So, here’s my theological point (because there has to be one): If the Edmiston family can shift our eating habits over the course of a mere 24 years, imagine how Middle Eastern culture has changed over the past 3000 plus years.
How can we possibly read the Bible without using source criticism, form criticism, textual criticism, historical criticism, rhetorical criticism, canonical criticism, redaction criticism . . . ?