Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Genesis 49:29-50:14; Psalms 94, 95; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Mark 8:1-10

I could title this devotional “Kitty Murphy Part II” because, just like last year, Kitty “Balaam” Murphy (Numbers 22) jumped into my lap while I was working on this devotional. I had been praying about the theme for the passages when the furry, inquisitive feline leaped into my lap. Then I remembered, “Oh yeah, it is time to feed the three kitties!” Indeed, it was 6 p.m., the time when the three receive canned cat food. Then the theme dawned upon me – food – my favorite thing!

Food is in all the passages. Using my cultural context, I thought of food because of the time of funerals and mourning in Genesis 49 and 50. (People bring food to people when they have lost a loved one.) The verses in Psalms 94 and 95 say that the Lord is my defense and rock. (Surely David’s passage means that God will provide food!) Then 1 Corinthians 17 reminds us of coming with pure hearts to communion. (This is spiritual food – however, food nonetheless.) And Mark 8 tells of Jesus providing for the 4,000. (Yeah for leftovers!)

Food was just the springboard for the real meaning. The Lord told me that I would never view food the same because food stands for Find One Opportunity Daily.

Here are some suggestions on how you can do FOOD – and not gain weight!

  1. Invite someone to church. Preface it with, “Say, how about if I buy you brunch at IHOP? Come to church with me. Then we can go to brunch!”
  2. Buy one can of spaghetti sauce and donate it to LINK, the food pantry. (Please put the can in the box in the parish hall.)
  3. Call someone up from church and tell them you are praying for him or her.
  4. Offer to bake a dish for Helping Hands through the Community Committee.
  5. Ask our rector about available service opportunities.

Let us pray: Dear Lord, help me Find One Opportunity Daily to honor you and follow your example. In Christ’s name we pray, amen.

Leanna Wilson

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