Our relationship with food

January 15

1.Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Meditation: Many women and men struggle with their relationship with food. We diet, we overeat, we restrict and we indulge. It is hard to find balance, to find freedom in the jungle of fast food signs and diet books.

How can I eat and drink and do so with freedom and joy?

Eating enough so my body is strong and has the nurture and energy it needs.

And not overeat out of loneliness, out of fear of not having enough, out of guilt, out of boredom…

Prayer: Loving God, come into our imbalance. Come into our extremes of relating to food and to drinking. Come into our deepest need for love, community, acceptance and joy. And then liberate us to a new relationship with our body, with food and drinks, and with you. Amen

Quote: “When I eat with my friends, it is a moment of real pleasure, when I really enjoy my life.” Monica Bellucci

 

 

January 14, 2017

January 14

Genesis 28: 15 a

Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Meditation”: What an amazing promise! If only the refugees of our time could hear this. Many of them left destroyed homes, cities and they lost family members. Or does this only mean Israel? Back then it did. What about today? What after Jesus opened up the ancient promises to the rest of the world?

God’s words of commitment and of love in today’s world of terror, fear and uprooting:

“I will keep you, and comfort you as one’s mother comforts.”

“I will bring you back. I honor your need for a home.”

“I will not leave you. Even if your identity of country, of language and tradition get lost, you will not lose your identity with me.”

“I will do what I promised you. I am trustworthy and faithful.”

Prayer: Loving God, come into our places of up rootedness. Come into our restlessness and our feelings of losing our mind and our identity. Come into our fleeing and into our uncertainty of where we will land.  Amen

Quote: “Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine. Whoever I am, Thou knowest me, O God, I am Thine.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

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