Soul Food

We arrived in San Francisco at 8:30 am, famished after waking up at 2:45 am. Tired but excited, we spotted a promising eatery near our gate and quickly settled in. There we were, all six of us in California, eagerly anticipating a hearty meal before continuing our journey.

It turned out to be an excellent choice – the food was delightful, sparking enjoyable conversation and creating a cherished family memory. These instances, I’ve come to realize, are more than just meals; they form the tapestry of our family’s shared history, often centered around the dining table.

Have you ever noticed this phenomenon? How food seems to be a magnet that draws us together, not just to satisfy our hunger but to enrich our relationships. This concept isn’t new; even Jesus partook in communal meals, transforming simple gatherings into life-changing experiences.

Consider this verse from Mark 2:16, where the Pharisees questioned Jesus dining with tax collectors and sinners. These meals were about more than just eating; they were about sharing, learning, and growing together.

In these modern times, I believe Jesus still joins us in these moments. As we savor good food and great company, we are also partaking in something deeper – ‘Soul Food’, as I like to call it. This isn’t just about physical nourishment; it’s about feeding our spirit with love, faith, forgiveness, service, and more. When our souls are well-fed, everything else, including our meals, becomes more fulfilling.

Jesus emphasized this when he said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). This ‘Soul Food’ is the sustenance we receive from God’s word, providing encouragement, wisdom, and strength.

So, how do we partake in this Soul Food? First, by engaging with the Bible. It’s not just a book, but a living source of guidance and strength. Developing a routine for Bible reading, whether it’s a verse a day or more, helps incorporate this spiritual nourishment into our daily lives.

Second, by being mindful of what we listen to. From podcasts to worship music, what we hear impacts our soul. In a world filled with distractions, choosing to feed our souls with enriching content is crucial.

As we go about our lives, especially in an election year, let’s be intentional about consuming ‘Soul Food’ that strengthens our faith. Remember, ‘we are what we eat’, and by feasting on the spiritual nourishment of God’s word, we align closer to His intentions for us.

So, I encourage you: seek out Soul Food, cherish those family meals, and create lasting memories. The time is now.

The best is yet to come

PD

City Church, Bloomington, Indiana

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