Great things can happen when people share a meal with each other.
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This kitchen belongs to the pastor’s family in Acaguaque. There were a number of people gathered in this kitchen, all of them Honduran. There were no electrical lights, only the ambient light from outside and the glow of this wood burning stove.
I was the only English-speaking person in the room, so, instead of listening to what people said, I enjoyed the atmosphere created by the conversation.
Though I didn’t understand what they said (later I learned some of the conversation had to do with cooked snake meat which hung above the over), everyone talked and everyone laughed.
Doesn’t something like this happen often around food?
After Ezra read the Torah to the people who had returned from exile they wept, but Nehemiah encouraged the people to rejoice, and with their rejoicing, to eat.
“And Nehemiah continued, ‘Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!'”
Nehemiah 8:10 New Living Translation
May we, who have heard and believed the message of Jesus’ resurrection, celebrate Christ’s victory over death by eating with each other and sharing the abundance of what God has given us.
Good things happen around food.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner