Today’s Bible reading

Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. — Genesis 2:8-9

More thoughts for meditation

God is the source of all my life:
God is the source of my food:

Sometimes I forget that I am utterly dependent upon God for my food.  When the farmer plants the seed, and when he cultivates the soil, the miracle of growth takes place.  This miracle is an act of sheer grace; I do not cause it, I do not understand it, I cannot explain it — I can only describe it and that inadequately.  It does not just happen. It is a part of an order, a way of behaving that is inherent in life itself. Truly, I am dependent upon God for my food.

The taste of food is not the result of my own effort.  How wonderful is the miracle of taste! There is a mysterious interaction between the tongue, my nervous system and the quality of food itself.  How this developed, I do not know; what the secret is, always escapes me. The taste of food floats the whole eating experience and gives to it a dimension of delight that joys the mind and gives to the whole being a sense of gentleness and benevolence.

How can I say “Thank you” to God for food?

By making the eating of food a blessed sacrament.
By a self-conscious recognition of the source.
By sharing my food with the hungry.
By knowing that my food is a gift of which I am merely the trustee.

Here in the quietness, I open my heart and mind to the need of others for food, which acts as my salutation to God, the Source of all my life.  –– Howard Thurman in Meditations of the Heart

Suggestion for action

A lot of human work goes into food before we eat it — so much that we might forget it’s source.  What else do we consume or use that seems to be fully made or controlled by humans? Consider everything:  buildings, cars, computers… Is God the source of all that too? Even our ability to build and create comes from God.   Spend some time thinking of all of the gifts we have and thanking God for being the source of all life.