It hit me suddenly, as I was making my way into the grocery store, just how lucky I am to have such quality food made so accessible to me. Maybe now that I’m cooking more; that’s what it took for me to realize how fortunate I am to have this luxury. Not only that, I have the means to afford high quality food: organic vegetables, name-brand products, free-range meats, and more.
Doing some prep work for Cucumber and Tomato Salad recipe by William Sonoma.
To celebrate this gift of food, I decided to make an AWESOME dinner for Seyver and I. Simply so that we could appreciate this blessing to it’s fullest! It also didn’t hurt that we are currently dog sitting in a house with an amazing kitchen to cook in 🙂 check out my fun meal I created below!
(had to have some good wine while cooking!)
(Ohhh it was smelling so GOOD! This was the Kale and Potato Soup recipe by William Sonoma. I used chicken stock instead of water for the base.
As a side tangent (on a Spiritual/Christian/Loving note) I always feel it is be good to pray over our food to acknowledge our thankfulness.
However, I have recently been struggling with praying the common prayer “Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts…” It seems wrong to thank God for providing me a meal, while at the same time I have to wonder why me? Why do countless other people go without something as basic as food?
I don’t know that I will ever be able to answer that question, and I don’t know that anyone can. Therefore, it was a better frame of mind for me to be thankful for the meal, in the sense that I realize how lucky I am. I cannot fix world hunger (although there are steps we can all take part in to try) but I can be keenly aware and grateful for the fact that I am blessed to have the food I do have. I think this is why the common prayer of grace would be better phrased as “We are blessed, O Lord, for having these gifts”. This evokes an understanding that I am truly blessed (I am grateful for) what I have! I can still acknowledge that God is the creator of all things in some sense or another, so ultimately he has blessed me. However, this understanding helps me to be that much more grateful for what I have; knowing it could easily not be this way.
And if anyone reading this has another take on blessing food, has some insight to share, or any other comments I would love to hear them 🙂
(I mean seriously… this kitchen is amazing!)
Overall, I’m so thankful for this meal we had and the little blessing that it was!
XOXO ~ Rachel