Thursday, November 25, 2010

In All Things...

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords,! For His mercy endures forever.
To Him who alone does great wonders, for His mercy endures forever; To Him who by wisdom made the heavens, for His mercy endures forever; to Him who laid out the earth above the waters, for His mercy endures forever; to Him who made great lights, for His mercy endures forever--The sun to rule by day, for His mercy endures forever; the moon and stars to rule by night, for His mercy endures forever, [Psalms 136:1-9].
Signing on the computer a certain piece from Time magazine caught my eye; it had to do with appetites both bored and unthankful. It began like this---
"Molecular gastronomist Michael Cirino binds turkey, duck and chicken with meat glue, cooks it sous vide and serves it with skin crisps and a quail egg." Elinor Carucci for TIMEThat part said to me that this molecular gastronomist (whatever that is) had designed a more efficient artery-clogging conglomeration of foods rich in things unhealthful. The man was /is apparently bored. As for the unthankful part, that followed here--- 
"No matter your rank, region or level of luxury, Thanksgiving dinner is likely a stifling and tired occasion. Inevitably, it's redeemed more by friends and family than by the food. Why is that? We eat dry, bland birds surrounded by a constellation of equally stultifying side dishes, each one as predictable as the fate of a zombie in a sniper's cross hairs. And no amount of food-mag agitation against the status quo seems to do any good."


Those who are of and in the world stand around sipping wine and discussing critical issues, ...what shall we eat, what shall we drink, and what shat we wear?... A picture comes to mind; a distressing one actually. As we left the mall in Olympia the other day a woman was holding a sign that read; "Homeless. It's cold! Blanket, please! I'm wondering if today...Thanksgiving...she would be bored with hot food...traditional food...candied sweet potatoes, dressing, string beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, turkey (dark or white)...shared with friends...even strangers. I think not.
God forgive us that we are bored with our excess.
I didn't have a blanket with me that day and for some reason I failed to stop and give what small help we had to offer. Forgive me Lord. The next time we go in the car there will be at least one good quality blanket in the trunk. I'll pray for an opportunity to give it away.
Blessings...we have many. e.c.

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