Lynne's Story | Simply Eat

Lynne first encountered God while laying the table for Passover...

Lynne first encountered God while laying the table for Passover...

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I just felt totally, utterly loved.
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And I had never had that feeling in synagogue.
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My name is Lynne.
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This is my story of food and faith.
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Well I was 40,
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and I was in the synagogue,
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and every time they opened the arc
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to bring out the scrolls,
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people stood up
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and then when it was finished they sat down.
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And suddenly it just all became meaningless,
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and I said, "God, there has to be something more
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"to a relationship with you than this
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"and I want it."
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I was getting ready for the Passover,
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where we take everything that is leaven
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out of our house and we prepare a special meal.
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And the phone rang, and it was the estate agent
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to tell me, "we're terribly sorry,
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the woman has taken the house off the market."
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And I called out, "God, if you're there, I really need you."
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Because I had nowhere to go,
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but I had to leave my house within six weeks.
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And I just heard a voice say to me,
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"what have you just done?"
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And I was terrified because there was no one there.
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And the voice said, "I asked you a question.
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What have you just done?"
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And I said, "I've just changed the house over for Passover."
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And the voice said, "what is the Passover?"
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And I said, "it's when God-"
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and I realised who I was talking to,
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and I said, "it was when You led the Israelites
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"out of Egypt."
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And
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He said, "well,
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why don't you put your faith in me
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the same way as your ancestors did?"
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And that was at a Passover meal,
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and of course then I didn't realise He was the Passover lamb
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that takes away the sin of the world.
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It was only when I became a believer,
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and the whole of the Passover made sense,
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because He fulfilled every single aspect of the Passover,
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down to the last detail.
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The first time I walked into the Iranian church,
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I never thought I'd be accepted.
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But in a strange way, I had never really felt
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fully accepted with my own people.
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I was welcomed with open arms.
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I just felt so much part of the family.
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And one day, as I was sitting looking around
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at my new friends, having a real family,
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god said, "now you know why I never let you fit in before."
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What's amazing for me is now that I'm Christian,
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I'm not just with Jewish people.
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In our church, there are 30 different nationalities.
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So when we come together for a celebration,
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everyone brings traditional food.
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And it is just so wonderful, that sense of belonging.
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So faith and food to me just go hand in hand.