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Thanksgiving: Good Eats

by in Soul Food

"Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish." (John 6:11)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, and I would bet you're planning on doing a little eating. We modern people have an odd relationship with food. We just cannot imagine ever running out of it — so we put a pretty low personal value on it. Some of us abuse it by eating too much just because it's there. Others start to resent it, treating food like an enemy out to make us fat and ugly.

In cultures where food is sometimes scarce, the response to food is much simpler. If we don't have food, that's bad. If we do have food, that's good. In fact, if we do have food, that's a sign that God is good. He is the giver of food.

If you do a search for Jesus' use of the word "thank" in the gospels, you'll see that He mostly thanked the Father for food. When He turned a sack lunch into dinner for thousands, He thanked God for all the food nobody knew was coming. It's a big deal to God that we thank Him for the food He provides every day.

Think: Besides just saying the same prayer before every meal, can you think of any new ways or times to tell God thanks for giving you food? Do you think it matters to Him that we take time to enjoy our food?

Pray: Ask God to help you to have a healthy attitude toward the food He provides for you. And thank Him for all the food He will provide today.

Do: Add ten foods you enjoy to your gratitude list, while thanking God for them.

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