Choosing what I want from a menu or being able to go to a grocery store is something I used to take for granted. Recently I’ve learned how these everyday actions are much more complicated than what tastes good and what contributes to my health. Indeed, food is a part of my spiritual life and my stewardship of all God’s blessings.
Many people around the world—and in the United States—who have enough to eat today, don’t know what they will eat tomorrow or later in the week. This situation is called “food insecurity.”
I’m trying to learn a lot more about all the variables and resources it takes for food to get on our tables. And this complexity affects my faith life. As a part of my spiritual journey, I’m trying to learn about Fair Trade and sustainable agriculture.
Living out Jesus’ love for us includes stewardship in shopping and food choices. It starts with the “living bread” I share in community with others: in worship at the communion table and at home when I pray before meals.
I know that Jesus is the true Bread of Life.
This message is adapted from “Relationships around Food” by the Rev. Sylvia High Karlsson in the February 2010 issue of Cafe.