One of my bug bears is the notion that there is ‘good’ food and ‘bad’ food, and that if we abstain from a second piece of cake we are ‘being good’. Do not get me started on diet companies who refer to treats as ‘sins’…
I think that we have lost a spiritual understanding of food – in the beginning God created a garden rich with all kinds of foods for us to enjoy. We need to be nourished but nourishment wasn’t enough for our God of abundance, God wants us to delight in our nourishment, to enjoy each other’s company as we re-fuel; when Jesus spent time amongst us he was accused of being a drunk and a glutton he spent so much time eating and drinking! However, if we read our Bibles we will see that it is when Jesus is sharing a meal that the most amazing insights to the Kingdom can be discovered.
And yet there are times when we are called to abstain, to be more frugal in our consumption. Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness, and he gave instruction on how we should fast and pray too.
So I want to rediscover the art of feasting and fasting in season. My attempts to do so with my family will be posted for you to share – please do comment. This is a work in progress; who knows one day I might become the Spiritual Nigella, for now I am just a Clergy Mummy.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace’
a time to fast and a time to feast!
Ecclesiastes 3 (adapted!)
Advent: Foodbank Fast