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White lie cake
Have you ever told a white lie? You are going to love this,
especially all of those who bake for church events.

Alice Grayson was to bake a cake for the Baptist Church Ladies'
Group in Tuscaloosa , but forgot to do it until the last minute. She
remembered the morning of the bake sale and after rummaging through
cabinets, found an angel food cake mix & quickly made it while drying her
hair, dressing, & helping her son pack for Scout camp.

When Alice took the cake from the oven, the center had dropped
flat and the cake was horribly disfigured. She thought, "Oh dear, there
is not time to bake another cake."

This cake was important to Alice because she did so want to fit
in at her new church and in her new community of friends. So, being

inventive, she looked around the house for something to build up the center
of the cake.

Alice found it in the bathroom - a roll of toilet paper. She
plunked it in and covered it with icing. Not only did the finished product
look beautiful, it looked perfect.

Before she left the house to drop the cake by the church and head
for work, Alice woke her daughter Amanda and gave her some money and
specific instructions to be at the bake sale the moment it opened at
9:30 and to buy the cake and bring it home.

When Amanda arrived at the sale, she found the attractive,
perfect cake had already been sold. She grabbed her cell phone and called her

Alice was horrified - she was beside herself. Everyone would
know! What would they think? She would be ostracized, talked about, and
ridiculed! All night, Alice lay awake in bed thinking about people
fingers at her and talking about her behind her back.

The next day, Alice promised herself she would try not to think
about the cake and would attend the fancy luncheon/bridal shower at the
home of a fellow church member and try to have a good time. Alice did
not want to attend because the hostess was a snob who more than once had
looked down her nose at Alice because she was a single parent and not
from the founding families of Tuscaloosa but, having already RSVP'd,
she couldn't think of a believable excuse to stay home.

The meal was elegant, the company was definitely upper crust old
South and,to Alice's horror, the cake in question was presented for
dessert! Alice felt the blood drain from her body when she saw the cake!

She started out of her
chair to tell the hostess all about it,
but before she could get to her feet, the Mayor's wife said, "What a
beautiful cake!"

Alice still stunned, sat back in her chair when she heard the
hostess (who was a prominent church member) say, "Thank you, I baked it

Alice smiled and thought to herself, "God is good."
That's great! I love it when the "perfect" people get what's coming!
That is the kind of community I grew up in where everyone puts on a mask in public. That kind of stuff has made it difficult to be a part of organized religion but has not stopped me from believing in God. I do believe that God has carried me through a lot of bad times and continues to bless me in ways I do not see.
Nothing changes when nothing changes
When I was young Mom would take us all to Church every Sunday. Always prominantly seated in the front row was a local lawyer and his family. No one would have thought to take this front row pew it just wasn't done. One day I asked Mom why the lawyer and his family always had the front row and Mom responded, "that is the only way he can get close to God."

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