We all must have it to survive.
Those of us who enjoy ready access to it don't give it a second thought most of the time. Because of the richness of our blessing, we often miss the significance and power of food.
Food acts as an organizing force for social action.
Families and friends gather around tables every day to share meals. Along wtih meals come plans for and reports on the day, ideas, dreams, fears, confessions and actions.
Food levels us. Since every single one of us must have it, we must admit that our connection is communal, viseral, organic and universal.
Evil people use food as a weapon.
Loving people use it to create ordinary forums for celebration and discovery.
Food determines health.
Food affects learning.
Food is all about togetherness, hope and being human.
Food anchors us to the earth.
Food draws out celebration. . .it is the stuff of parties, wakes and home-goings, committee meetings, community organizing gatherings and late-nite, bedtime snacks.
Have you noticed? Food facilitates conversation, connection and communion.
Consider the place of "the meal" in Christianity, Judaism and Islam--central, reoccurring and defining.
Food is about hard work, growth and the promise of another day.
Food seems to track right along with fellowship.
Food makes children laugh and run and play.
The lack of food makes the same children cry and sit and wonder.
Sharing, providing, distributing, manufacturing, growing, harvesting, selling, gathering and eating food nudges up against the Sacred.
Think about it when you enjoy your next meal.
Food--not something to take lightly or for granted.