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Involving God in our meals

If we are relaxed, our bodies are able to digest food more efficiently

Written by Mary Jane Poynor 2023

A family in Guatemala enjoying a meal together around a table with a brightly coloured table cloth

Pastor Armando enjoys breakfast with his family in Guatemala. Photo:  Caroline Trutmann/Tearfund

Three smiling Guatemalan women, one heavily pregnant, hold bowls of food in a kitchen with wooden walls.

From: Food and nutrition – Footsteps 119

How to eat well, address malnutrition and reduce food waste

‘The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground - trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.’
Genesis 2:9

God created food to nourish our bodies, bring us pleasure and strengthen our relationships as we eat together. 

Throughout the Bible God instructs his people to feast as part of their worship (eg Leviticus 23). We use food in holy communion to remind us of our union with Jesus (Luke 22:19). And we look forward to the wedding feast in heaven when we, the bride, will be joined with Jesus, our bridegroom, forever (Revelation 19:9).

Relax and eat

When we are experiencing anxiety, negative thoughts, trauma or pain, stress chemicals are released in our body. These affect our digestive systems so we cannot digest food properly or absorb the nutrients it contains. By involving God in our meals, we can help our bodies to relax and make the most of the food we are eating.

Here are some ideas for how to do this.

  • Set aside time to eat so you will not be distracted by work, television and other things. Welcome God to be present with you.
  • Prepare the food and the table or eating space so they look attractive.
  • Sit comfortably and thank God for his rest.
  • Eat with those you enjoy being with, and thank God for them.
  • You could play worship in the background or sing a song together.
  • Take several slow, deep breaths and receive God’s peace.   
  • Thank God for the food he has provided.
  • Eat your food slowly and enjoy it! Notice the flavours, textures and variety of God’s creation in your meal.
 

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Written by  Mary Jane Poynor

Mary Jane Poynor is a health and self-care coach. She was based in the Middle East for many years and provided health and nutritional advice to local families.

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