“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus” (NLT). I used to find 1 Thessalonians 5:18 a troubling verse. Be thankful…
I love food – so much, in fact, my husband accuses me of being a food snob! My mouth waters when I think of spicy exotic curry, hearty goulash soup from my dad’s native Hungary, rich potato gratin prepared by my chef brother-in-law, or decadent organic chocolate brownies baked by my entrepreneur sister. Eating can be such a pleasure!
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But in a society where we’ve increasingly lost touch with our agrarian and spiritual roots, we also seem to have lost some vital thanksgiving rituals that could further assist us in cultivating a harvest of gratitude in our busy lives.
When I visited my mother in the nursing home a few years ago while she still had more access to speech, I was privileged to watch her happiness as she ate her first meal after several days on a liquid diet necessitated by stomach flu.