Haggis, Honey, & Health by Pastor Matt Shirley

Song: Loyal

Artist: Lauren Daigle


There are two culinary experiences which stand out from the year our family recently spent in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The first is a traditional Scottish meal, the Burns Supper.  It’s an annual celebration held in honor of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. I’ll never forget watching a chef demonstrate this traditional meal – of which the haggis is the main event – to a room full of children. He carefully (and graphically!) displayed each of the main ingredients of the haggis: the heart, liver, and lungs of a sheep encased in the sheep’s stomach. (Your mouth is watering at the thought!). His demonstration had its desired effect – those kids were mortified!

A Wikipedia search leads you to this resounding endorsement of the dish: “Although its description is not immediately appealing, haggis has an excellent nutty texture and delicious savoury flavour.”

Not immediately appealing. You think?!

On one occasion, we tried making it at home with some friends visiting from the States. This, however, was a mistake. We should have left the preparation to the locals, and focused solely on the consumption!


But, thankfully, we had another food experience that left a more favorable impression on us: set honey.

I’ll leave you to investigate the process, but the result was this textured, yet creamy honey that was perfect for spreading. It was amazing. In fact, I started nearly every day of my year in Edinburgh with a warm scone covered generously with this delicious sweetness. (My mouth is watering at the thought!)


So what’s with all this chat about haggis and honey? I’m glad you asked. I’ve been thinking about this month’s March Kindness challenge at Cross Points. We’re considering ways to express God’s kindness to others.

And I thought of haggis. And honey. And Proverbs 16:24.

Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

It’s amazing to me that, through something as simple as the words that I speak, I have the ability to express the kindness of God. And the kindness of God is sweetness and health – abundant life.

I’d like to invite you to do two things today. One, take a moment to recall a time when a kind word brought life to you. And two, be intentional with your words. Speak kind words to someone today. Maybe a parent or child. Maybe a spouse or co-worker. Maybe a neighbor or stranger. Speak a kind word, and be an expression of God’s kindness.

Haggis or honey. You pick.

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