What’s the difference between a tart and a torte?
For that matter, what’s the difference between torte-with-an-e and tort-without-an-e? Are they all edible?
Let’s see if we can straighten out the confusion.
A tart is an open pastry containing a filling. A torte is a multi-layered cake-like confection. They’re both edible (and extremely tasty—see recipe for Lemon Almond Tart below).
Tort is a legal term referring to a wrongful act or infringement of a right. You could try to eat the paper a tort was described on, but I wouldn’t recommend it!
But we’re not quite finished unpacking the meanings of these similar-sounding words.
A tart can also refer to a promiscuous woman: one who has had many sexual partners. A woman others would look down on. A woman polite society might consider to be “loose.”
But we should be careful before we slap anyone with a label such as this. We never know how God might use them.
Do you have a fear of bugs?
Many of us do, and I don’t mind admitting that I’m one of them.
Finding a bug in the house instills terror in me. I’m convinced the bug is out to get me, lying in wait to murder me.
I’m tempted to have armed police arrive at my door to deal with the “intruder.” It takes all the self-control I can muster to refrain from dialling 911.
People tell me I’m being irrational. After all, humans are thousands of times bigger than bugs. Insects are probably more afraid of us than we are of them, right?
But I don’t see it that way, so I’m afraid to confront them.
I’ve fallen into the trap of letting my fear get out of proportion to the problem.
Many of us make this mistake. We let fear get the better of us, and it hobbles our responses to life’s challenges.
In ancient times, the children of Israel were no exception.
We all love stories of rescues from behind enemy lines, don’t we?
There’s something thrilling about the courage of soldiers who risk their lives penetrating hostile territory for the sole aim of retrieving a fellow soldier who is trapped there.
Perhaps you’ve seen movies like “Behind Enemy Lines” or “Saving Private Ryan,” both of which feature storylines of military units launching search and rescue missions into enemy territory to retrieve one of their own soldiers.
We admire the willingness of soldiers to potentially sacrifice their own lives to save another’s. They deserve our utmost respect.
But did you know that God goes “behind enemy lines” to save people, too?