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August 9

1 Timothy 4, 1 – 5

Something to read

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared with a hot iron. They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by God’s word and by prayer.

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Something to think about

Everyday somebody somewhere seems to be telling us that something is bad for us, especially with regard to food. It never ceases to amaze me how we follow so many different instructions as to how to eat properly, often in the pursuit of bodily improvement.

While we fuss over our food, people are dying of starvation elsewhere in the world. The planet is suffering thanks to our consumption. How thankful are we when it comes to our daily bread? Are we mindful of what we eat or do we stress over whether it is the right type super food or, has too much or too little of some nutrient?

Sometimes we get hooked up with what food contains or indeed what time we are supposed to eat it. We are so worried about what we being told about eating, we forget to appreciate each mouthful of food and savour the flavours. We overlook the privilege of eating such a wide variety of foods.

Life is so often busied with rules and regulations about what we should and shouldn’t do we forget to value what we have.

Something to do

When you are eating today, chew each mouthful slowly. Savour what you have in your mouth and be thankful.

Something to pray

Bless to me, O God,
Each thing mine eyes sees;
Bless to me, O God,
Each sound mine ear hears,
Bless to me, O God,
Each odour that goes to my nostrils;
Bless to me, O God,
Each taste that goes to my lips
Each note that goes to my song,
Each ray that guides my way,
Each thing that I pursue,
(A Celtic prayer from the Carmina Gadelica)


Today's daily reading was provided by Charlotte Haines Lyon.
 

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