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Nourish the Spirit?

MA Blogger: Brenda Bernstorf

“I think preparing food and feeding people brings nourishment not only to our bodies but to our spirits. Feeding people is a way of loving them, in the same way that feeding ouselves is a way of honoring our own created-ness and fragility.”

Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

rockwell_wantPreparing food is hard work. When my children were young the first question I was asked when I got home from work was, “What’s for dinner?” It was hard to face that every day! Some days, I planned ahead and could get ingredients in the crockpot before I left for work. Other days it was anyone’s guess. Some days meals were nutritious and filling and other days, just filling. Days when we had evening activities were particularly challenging to provide quick meals.

I think what I love about the quote above is the statement, “feeding people is a way of loving them.” Life happens. Good intentions of optimal nutrition get set aside for expedience at times. Answering the question, “what’s for dinner?” is always a challenge – but having a plan – any plan shows that you care about this basic need.

I have a nephew who loves to eat at my house – at least when I’m cooking. I do little in the way of prepared foods and he grew up on prepared foods. He values the quality difference. However, he never went hungry and his mom always had a plan for dinner.

I love the Norman Rockwell picture here. It displays the joy, excitement…nourishing the spirit…of loved ones around the table.

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