the sweetness of ripe watermelon, enjoyed in my backyard
the sourness of lemons, squeezed into refreshing beverages
the savoriness of bacon, paired with pancakes for a perfect weekend breakfast
the saltiness of pretzels, the snack I load up with cheeses and hummus
the spiciness of peppers, lending heat to chunky salsa
the tanginess of deep red tomatoes, delectable enough to be eaten as a dessert
the creaminess of avocados, the brain food that goes with every meal
the bitterness of dark chocolate, without which no day is complete
the richness of soups, deliverers of comfort in cold months and times of illness
and I know that you delight in my enjoyment of the fruits of your earth.
These are some of my favorite foods,
and they are just a slice of all that you give us to fill and fuel our bodies.
But even more than flavors and calories,
you offer us the Bread of Life
and Living Water.
You invite us to gather with your people around your bounteous table.
Because of this,
we will not forever be hungry
or alone, thanks be to God.
Be with those who suffer want
in the here and now.
Make me generous with what I have and who I am
so that others might taste and see
that you are so very good.
Laura Stephens-Reed is a clergy and congregational coach working with ministers and churches across the ecumenical spectrum. Having served in a variety of pastoral roles and denominations, she is primarily affiliated with the Alliance of Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and has ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Based in northwest Alabama (United States), Laura is married to a United Methodist pastor, and they have a eight-year-old son. She blogs weekly at laurastephensreed.com.
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