Daily Dose, Jan. 28 — Everyday People

“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt-offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with tens of thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:6-8)

Mrs. Narcy was a member of the Lebanon UMC. We became dear friends when I was her pastor in 1976. She made the best homemade from scratch biscuits ever in the world. I’m talking melt-in-your-mouth, easy-to-eat-three, and I could’ve eaten four kinda good.

I fried the sausage on a wood burning stove as she made the biscuits at the Daisy Festival in Nicholson, Georgia. Her biscuits drew a crowd, and we made enough money to paint the church basement.

“Mrs. Narcy, what’s the secret to your biscuits?” asked I.  

“Ain’t no secret,” said she. “White Lily self-rising flour, Crisco and buttermilk is all I ever used. Been doing it this way since I was a girl. Hush and watch” – which I did. 

She made them one at a time and called them “dop” biscuits: White Lily flour in an old wooden mixing bowl shaped like a canoe, a dop of Crisco and a dop of buttermilk together, and there you go. Biscuits…I’d give $10 for one right now. Pretty simple.

True religion is as simple as a Mrs. Narcy biscuit, according to the prophet Micah. “Do justice,” which means do the right thing. Do not cheat people out of what is rightfully theirs. “Love kindness,” which means cut people a little slack. You want mercy from God, so how about giving some to other people. “Walk humbly with God,” which means don’t walk around like you hit a triple when you were born on third base.

Biscuits and true religion are checkers, not chess. -- Y'all come, Dr. Don