Today's Lectionary Text
1 Corinthians 10:23-31
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other. Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience, for “the earth and its fullness are the Lord’s.” If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, out of consideration for the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience — I mean the other’s conscience, not your own. For why should my liberty be subject to the judgment of someone else’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why should I be denounced because of that for which I give thanks?
This week, our devotions will center on what our conference staff members shared by writing things we are thankful for on large Post-it Note pads. Please read to the end to see how you can participate.
Many of us still probably have a day or two of leftovers in the refrigerator following our Thanksgiving Day feast. And some of us may still be so stuffed that we don't even want to think about food. But we will keep our week of thanksgiving going today with a look at some things our conference staff was thankful for regarding food, beverages and nourishment.
First, we definitely are thankful for the wide variety of foods we enjoy. Some favor steak, while some stick to vegetables. Some people prefer fried chicken to baked turkey. Regardless, we give thanks to the fabulous food we have to eat while recognizing that far too many people go hungry each day. We can do better.
We give thanks for the treats in our lives. Fresh produce, dried fruit such as bananas and apricots, frozen drinks, ice cream of all flavors,and, my personal favorite, cheesecake, all satisfy our sweet tooth. And we're thankful for more and more sugar-free options, with much better taste than we could find just a few short years ago.
We give thanks for our favorite drinks, with green tea, slushes, coffee, and Coke Zero just a few noted by our staff.
And we give thanks to the great cooks in our lives who know what to do with all of those ingredients, who know exactly how much of certain spices to add, and who serve it all up with love.
And we give thanks for our Risen Savior, the bread of life, as Jesus described in John 6:25-40.
– Todd Seifert, communications director
Share something about food and nourishment that you are most thankful for by posting a photo you have taken yourself or some reflective words on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Please use the hashtag #GPUMCgivesthanks.
Prayer for Reflection
Loving God, we thank you for Jesus, the bread of life. And we thank you for the pleasure you allow us to have through our relationship with tasty food and drinks. Help us to be mindful of those who go hungry, that we would serve them so they have their immediate needs met and so we can change the systemic problems that lead to poverty in the first place.
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