This article by Eva Kristiaman of Indonesia was awarded a runner-up honorable mention prize in MAI’s LittWorld 2012 writing competition. Judges commented, “The message is very basic, very simple, but presented powerfully in the Indonesian context.”
And “I love the way the concept of food is used throughout…It is such a creative way to make it fit the Indonesian context and also alludes to the biblical references in the life of Jesus and His teachings.”
May I come in, please?
Hi, My Dear Friends in Indonesia,
I am writing this letter to you because it seems you are very busy in the kitchen, and no one hears my “knock, knock” at your door.
I just want to let you know that I am very keen to come in and eat with you. I know that you love me so much, and are preparing the best Indonesian food for me. It’s true that I love Indonesian food very much, it’s spicy and very delicious. I think you have been worried too much about the food. The most important thing to me is having an intimate relationship with you. I would love a face to face table talk with you every morning.
So, may I come in, please… Just open the door for me, let me come in and stay with you. Let me serve you, I am the host and you are my guest. Just enjoy a lovely time with me, and get to know me better and closer. The more you know me, the more insight you get. It will open your mind and open your eyes.
I know you have learnt by heart that “People do not live by rice alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Yes, you will enjoy finding the truth. It is sweeter than the best honey in Indonesia. You will love my food the most. You will drink the living water I give you, and you will never thirst.
I am very keen to be your intimate Friend. So that, in the last day I can declare that “I know you.”
Read more about LittWorld 2012 here.