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Between various landscaping projects, hauling a lot of top soil, and chauffeuring teenagers, I finished the pantry. The shelving [part of one wall is seen in the photo] is espresso-colored, melamine-coated particle board, mounted to double brackets that fit into a wall bracket that allows them to be adjusted up or down, as needed. There are five main brackets mounted directly into studs. Should be hefty enough to cram even more stores. I had to go to four different big-box “lumber yards” to get enough of them to do the job. Either the shelves are popular, and stock is low, or they aren’t and stock is minimal.

You shall eat old store long kept, and you shall clear out the old to make way for the new.

Leviticus 26:10

Knowing we’d be doing the pantry, we haven’t been shopping in a while. Having the food out of the pantry during the rebuilding process provided the opportunity to sort through everything. As it went back in, older stock at the front, we also added a lot of things to a shopping list. I think I’ll be making a CostCo run very soon. I’ve written about preparing for emergencies by having a well-supplied pantry, a deep larder. I don’t think I’ve given any Biblical reference for it. But Moses recorded some of G-d’s advice for daily living, and said that we should eat old store, making ready for new. I’m sure there are a lot of life applications one can take from this scripture, but in simple, practical ways, we eat what what is stored, storing what we buy. It’s nice that our Heavenly Father provided guidance for everyday life.

ASIDE: Okay. No, we don’t store greens, cucumbers, and tomatoes. We eat some things freshly purchased. Weekly we buy some produce, cheese, and a few other things. But the basics of our meals are taken directly from the pantry or the well-stocked freezer.

Time to get to work. Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .