The story is told about D.L. Moody, a Chicago well-known preacher in the 1800's. While studying one day, he became enthused with the subject of God's grace. His exuberant passion led him to the streets of Chicago. He grabbed the first person he saw and asked, "Man, do you know Grace?"
The accosted stranger replied, "Grace who?"
Moody meant God's amazing gift to humankind: His Son, the Cross, the Gift of Life, a Relationship with God through Christ. Whew! There's a lot to be overwhelmed and passionate about in all those thoughts. Grace indeed!
Down here in the south, before a meal, somone will ask, "who's gonna say grace?" Or maybe the question will be, "who wants to ask the blessing?"
Do you pray before meals?
A hungry little boy was beginning to eat his dinner when his father reminded him that they hadn’t prayed. “We don’t’ have to,” said the little boy. “Mommy is a good cook!”
My cooking requires asking God's blessing.
Here's a picture of bread I made this past week.
Several people who know how to cook said I left out the liquid. I think they were right. I was looking forward to hot bread and butter. It wasn't the bread machine's fault. Sigh.
Here's a picture of a cake I tried to make last Valentine's Day
A baker said I didn't allow the cake to cool enough before I turned the pan over. Sigh.
At our house, we always thank God for our meal. Not only because I'm not the best chef in the world, but we are grateful to have food before us.
Our church had a food pantry. We couldn't keep it stocked and supplied for the multitude who came.
In my Sarah books, Sarah, the petite angel who is always hungry but never gains weight, is grateful for angel food as well as human food.
She loves cheeseburgers and fries. Chef Andrew, the chief chef in The Heavenlies, supplies her with fish and veggies when she can't get into an earthly eatery. Healthy cuisine isn't her fav, but she's thanks God for the fish anyway.
President George H.W. Bush refused to eat broccoli. I have a friend who won't eat brussel sprouts. What do you refuse? I don't eat liver.
When you sit down for a meal today, ask God to bless your food. It might be a way to remain healthy...whether you're at home on in a local cafe.
I know a man who always said, "I don't eat meatloaf in a restaurant because I don't know what's in it. I don't eat meatloaf at home because I know what's in it."