Food is one of my great pleasures in life – whether it is a simple supper of fish cooked with some butter, lemon and herbs, and served with new potatoes and garden veg, a Chinese takeaway, or an elaborate creation I sometimes enjoy in a restaurant, food is wonderful. I enjoy the variety of colour and taste and texture, I enjoy delicious smells. Actually, I enjoy everything about food – growing it, shopping for it, cooking it, sharing it and eating it.
The Bible shares this delight, in food and wine, using it to speaking about God’s generosity:
Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labour for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
God creates and inhabits the whole process of life, and God is generous. Gratitude for this is a good motive for our hospitality to others. As we enjoy our food, it is good to think about who could be invited to share it with us. As someone who mostly lives alone, I know that food is much better enjoyed in company – and whenever we share food – especially with someone outside our usual circle, we take part in God’s generosity and delight.