Date: Monday, March 10
Scripture: Genesis 1:26-31
Verse: God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.” (Genesis 1:29)
It is mind-boggling to think about all the people involved in our food getting to our table. It begins with the farmer who plants the seed or births the steer, and months waiting for it to come to maturity. Then there are the pickers and processors. Sometimes there are bakers, cooks, and other preparers. It is packaged by others, and all kept safe by the USDA, FDA, and other government agencies. It is then put on trucks and shipped to the store, where clerks and managers put it in the cases where we will pick it up and put it in our carts.
In today’s reading, we are reminded of the great gift of our food, which God provided in his creation. It is an amazing system of which we are part – plants and animals providing sustenance for one another. As Mufasa teaches Simba in Disney’s movie The Lion King, smaller animals eat the grass, the lions eat those animal, and when the lions die, their bodies become the food that nourishes the grass. He calls it the “circle of life.” It really is a beautiful system, how we are so dependent on one another as human beings, and also from species to species.
During Lent many people are focused on food as they make fasting a priority. Maybe they give up one meal a week, a special food they like but is not good for them, or stop eating red meat on Fridays during this season of preparation. We give up a little something in order to remember God’s loving provision, and to remember how we are in need of a relationship with God, as much as we need the food we eat.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the great gift of my food today and everyday. Amen.
Action: Pause before each meal today to give thanks for all of those who have made your food possible.
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