Cinnamon Bread & Prayers

We got some devastating news this week.  After spending Thursday trying to process what this news means to our family, I began to wring my hands worrying what I could do to reach out and help.

Saturday I called my mom and told her that because I didn’t know what to do, I was going to bake our family members some bread and could I please have her cinnamon bread recipe.

“Of course that is what you’re going to do! You’re Dutch!” she laughed as she rummaged through her recipe box. “Here it is. Oh this is a good one to make. It is so yummy.”


Saturday afternoon, I combined ingredients, I mixed them, and I prayed.

In no time, our home was filled with the scent of cinnamon and sugar and prayers hanging thick in the sunshine-filled kitchen and living space.

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When someone you love is hurting, what do you do?

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. I am also Dutch. So, I also cook. And I clean or back in the day, study. I had a 4.0 GPA in college the year my parents split up.

  2. I’m so sorry for what your family is going through, Katie.
    I am usually at a loss as to what I can do when someone is hurting – other than offer a shoulder to cry on, and a promise that they can talk to me anytime.
    That looks like a delicious recipe, definitely trying it.

  3. Well, I’m Jewish so the cooking goes without saying… My experience is that, in every culture, food is a tangible representation of our love. Thanks for sharing yours.

  4. Lots of prayers for your family. And I pinned the recipe because I love cinnamon. And bread.

  5. Going to pin this recipe. We love cinnamon baked goods. Like you, I always tend to wring my hands and then go into a cleaning frenzy – keeps my hands busy and then I cook or bake. Guess, the German in me isn’t so different than the Dutch in you. Sending good wishes.

  6. SO sorry, Katie. xo so sorry.

  7. thinking of you my friend, keeping you in my prayers and sending you lots of love.

    I love your BIG HEART and your need to bake, give, share. Thank you for being you.

  8. I love cinnamon anything! YUM! I am adding my prayers…

  9. You had me at cinnamon. And prayers. xoxo Thinking about you and your family with love.

  10. Kelsey Posma says

    praying for you all! please let me know if we can do anything else. <3 love you guys, sluiter nation.

  11. I think what we do all relates to what we have seen done in our childhood. Around here in the face of tragedy it is a southern thing to cook for the family. I think food is a comfort, a sign of love. I think the act of mixing ingredients gives us the ability to think about things, work out things that are bothering us. The kitchen in the home is usually the heart of the whole place so we relate it to our love for others as well as others relating it to being loved. My prayers and heart goes out to your family at this time and I am going to be borrowing that recipe because it looks amazing..

  12. Thank you for sharing your wonderful Cinnamon Bread recipe. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    I also bake when I am stressed or worried. I find that baking is warm and comforting when dealing with difficult circumstances, not to mention delicious and sweet for the body and soul!

    My favorites are baking cookies and sweet breads made out of whatever happens to be in my food pantry. I am always excited with the new creations I have made.

  13. Listen, baking is good for the soul. (So is prayer.) And I’ll do both with you.

  14. Thinking of you and your family. And thank you for sharing this recipe and your heart with us.

  15. Delicious! I think that cooking is such a great way to show love – everyone has to eat, and the knowledge that someone took the time to prepare something when you are hurting means so much.

    Prayers to you and your family.

  16. Oh my stars, this looks good. And not only does it bring comfort to the family it’s made for, but also to the person making it. Full of love. <3

  17. I sometimes don’t know what to do when others are hurting, when I want to help in some way. I think that food is an expression of love and cooking for someone is a wonderful way to show them that you are thinking of them.
    I am thinking of you and your family, Katie.