Alive: Real food
I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 NIV
Having enough to eat is not only vital for survival, but sharing a meal with others is part of what it means to be human. It is also central to our faith, as we remember Jesus’ final meal before he was crucified when we take communion.
We should enjoy our food thoughtfully, considering why, how fast, and where we are eating, who we are eating with and where our food has come from. Were the people who farmed the food treated fairly? Has it contributed to environmental breakdown?
Our joy in eating is diminished when our food has caused the destruction of forests or robbed local farmers of their livelihoods. Our responsibility is to try to eat sustainably, making every effort to “do good while we live,” so our habits will allow others to enjoy creation’s bounty.
Thank you for the abundance of your creation – that you have made a world with enough food for all to enjoy. Help us to guard this precious gift, eating in holiness and gratitude. Amen.
Author: Ruth Valerio, Tearfund