Jam or Cream?

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone.
— 1 Timothy 2:1 CSB

I am learning so much in the U.K.

  • Why horse guards stand at the official entrance to St. James and Buckingham Palace.
  • Why the statue of George Washington does not sit on British soil.
  • Why Lincoln is revered in Liverpool.
  • Why there is a statue of Charles James Fox in Bloomsbury Square Gardens.

My education of all things British took a giant leap yesterday afternoon when it came time to enjoy a classic English treat -- the scone. Said one source:

Nothing provokes as much confusion and debate as the quintessentially English afternoon treat, the scone.

I hate to confess my ignorance. I was not aware this debate surpasses any that raged between the Hatfields and McCoys.

The issues "of course" is how should one prepare their scone. "Deciding which topping to plonk on first depends on where in the UK you are from. People from Devonshire tend to smother the scone in cream before adding jam, while those from Cornwall go jam then cream."

Jam or Cream?

Frankly, either way suits me. This dessert was amazing. It rivaled the three helpings of sticky toffee pudding and ice cream I enjoyed after our dinner.

While the scone debate rages on there should be no debate when it comes to my walk with God. Prayer is a priority. It comes "first of all."

1 First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and humanity, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time. 2 Timothy 2:1-6 CSB

Before cream or jam, I suspect even before lunch or breakfast, comes prayer. 


We pray for our leaders that we may live in peace, that the gospel might go forward, that people might be saved.

Jam or cream? Cream or Jam? You decide. But when it comes to your day make sure it begins with prayer, continues with prayer, ends with prayer. It is God's means to that satisfying treat called peace, the delivery of that beautiful message that is the gospel, and that soul-transforming state that is salvation and life with God.


  • Thanks to our church planting partners and friends, Peter and Ruth Roberts for bringing such an important piece of British culture to our minds.
  • "Nothing provokes as much confusion and debate . . ." from "Knead to know Jam or cream on first? This is the way you should REALLY eat your scones" by Sarah Barnes, The UK Sun. 10 December, 2016. www.thesun.co.uk. Accessed August 8, 2017.
  • "Deciding which topping to plonk . . . " from "Knead to know"