A Story of a Generally Selfish Girl and Green Bean Love

Hey guys,

This is the day for green beans with crunchies on top, which reminds me of a story of yesteryear. (Does that sound cool if I say yesteryear?)

What Thanksgiving love can look like.  -christyfitzwater.com

We had stuffed ourselves on wild turkey fed to us by dear friends, and then we loaded up our leftovers and headed to the church. I rejoiced on the way that there was half a pan of green beans with crunchies on top leftover. I was going to enjoy those all week long for lunch.

We entered the church kitchen like we do every year after our family feast. Our church makes turkey dinners and packages them, to take all over town for people who have to work on Thanksgiving Day. We have fun loading our arms with boxes of food to give to hotel clerks, gas station workers, and firemen.

Except this time someone had made a mistake in the packaging process. We were short several meals.

Whatever would we do?

You know, don’t you.

That I had to go to the car and get that precious 9 x 13 of green beans with crunchies.

Divvy them up among styrofoam trays.

Not just that but the caramel apple cake that was on my grandma’s glass serving platter.

The cake, people!

Jesus says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13 NIV)

I read Voice of the Martyrs, so I know laying down one’s life often means literally that.

But sometimes it means laying down one’s selfish desire to heat up green beans the day after Thanksgiving.

And it means saying, Goodbye caramel apple cake, goodbye.

Because you love people.

And I love you, too, dear friend who reads my emotional roller coaster blog. I hope you have a most wonderful day. May you be filled with the love of Christ. May your cream be whipped and not squirted from the can. May your green beans have extra crunchies.

[Note: My teenage son says, eeeuuuuwww. No crunchies. He also wants the photo credit.]


  1. Okay, so I’d say greenbean casserole with crunchies is pretty high on my “comfort food” list. But Matt doesn’t like it. No, it’s worse than that – he really, really doesn’t care for it (not sure what was wrong his family? *wink) So there are many years I’ve had to go without. Sigh. But I will now always think of you now when I get the chance for some and I really, truly hope we can share just such a dish one of these days.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    And thank you for sharing your journey with us. With me.

    1. On our first real-life meeting we shall celebrate with green beans and coffee! 🙂

  2. Renewed_Daily says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Christy! Thankful for the blessing that is you and that you are willing to make room on your roller coaster for the rest of us coaster enthusiasts 😉
    Here’s to hoping you get an extra helping of green bean with crunchies this year!
    Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! Ever so thankful for your willingness to share your insights. God is so good!

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