The Simple Meal
Rick Sarre, member of the Community of Christ Earth Stewardship Team
I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. -Philippians 4:12
I have two very strong recollections about eating particular treats. No, they were not the meals that capture Michelin star ratings in fancy French restaurants, nor the sorts of dishes prepared by celebrity chefs that attract millions of viewers on popular television series. Rather, I recall two offerings that were lovingly prepared and did not seek to impress.
The first was in the Philippines many years ago. My partner and I were the guests of gracious hosts who were keen to feed us fish caught locally and vegetables grown in their garden. It was only after we had been fed and indicated that we needed nothing more, that the host family then ate the simple, but superb, meal.
The second was at a youth camp where our delegation had been asked to prepare the late night snack. We baked our own bread and offered it up with nothing more than unsalted butter. I can still remember to this day how delicious it was.
It has often been said that we should live simply so that others can simply live. We should remember, too, that the simplest of meals are often those that offer the greatest joy.
“What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations” (Psalm 104: 24, The Message).
Spend a few minutes outside each day this week. Whether sunny and warm, or rainy and cold, be present in whatever condition the day brings. Invite your senses to awaken to the sounds, smells, and feelings of creation around you. Remember that you, too, are part of creation. Confess the ways you sometimes forget that you belong with all that lives. Give thanks for the ways you are daily sustained by the gifts of the Earth. Awaken to the sacredness and beauty that can be found wherever you are. Commit to one act of Earth healing this day.
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