Prayer and eating

Having the humility to pray about food loosens strong opinions about how much we—or someone else—should weigh and helps to quiet any fears we may have about eating. Just as we yearn to understand that God is the source of supply for all our needs (shelter, employment, companionship), so we can accept the fact that God guides all His sons and daughters in a way that simplifies and satisfies, and that stops a preoccupation with food.

Two examples from the Bible that I have found helpful are God's supplying the children of Israel with manna for their meals (see Ex. 16:1-31) and Jesus' ability to multiply a small number of loaves and fish in order to feed several thousand people (see Mark 8:1–9).

September 8, 1997

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