I asked my 10 Zambian boys, how many meals they eat a day, during my one on one “Blessing time” the last couple of days.
None of them eat 3 meals a day. Most of them eat 2 times and a few only once.
When I asked them what they ate, they all said, “shima.”
Shima is something like grits. It is the staple of the Zambian diet. I asked what else they ate, almost all said, just shima.
Although, sometimes, they might only have tea for a meal.
Three things come to mind. Those of you who know me well are aware I’m a bit of a “foodie.” I hope in the good sense, but let’s just say I have an “appreciation” of and for the taste, texture, quality and presentation of a meal. While I won’t say that I will never be a “foodie” again, I can say my perspective on a meal is forever changed knowing my boys eat “shima” for every meal. I have tasted shima and while I liked it okay, I would not enjoy it as the only food I would ever eat.
Second, when we pray, “give us this day our daily bread,” it expresses a dependence on God, recognizing that every good thing in our lives is given by Him. While we might live in affluence, we can still pray in a way that is humble, dependent and grateful.
May God’s Holy Spirit counsel and teach us to ask God for our daily bread and to give Him thanks for it from a grateful heart.
Third, I like food best when it is shared. So I would encourage you to share a meal with a friend or loved one. And perhaps share some food by sponsoring an orphan from Zambia, Honduras, Haiti, or by supporting the StoneBridge Food Pantry. I believe all the food we eat will taste even better if we do.
God is great,
God is good,
Let us thank him,
for our food. Amen
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.