Tuesday March 1- Attaching to the Feeder not the Food
Spend five minutes focusing on a couple of things you appreciate and thank God for them.
On the first day of unleavened bread, when the Passover lambs were sacrificed, Jesus’ disciples said to him, ‘Where would you like us to go and get things ready for you to eat the Passover?’ He sent off two of his disciples, with these instructions. ‘Go into the city, and you will be met by a man carrying a water-pot. Follow him. When he goes indoors, say to the master of the house, “The teacher says, where is the guest room for me, where I can eat the Passover with my disciples?” He will show you a large upstairs room, set out and ready. Make preparations for us there.’
Meals help us learn to interact face-to-face from the very beginning. If there is a God who wants us to be filled with joy, peace, and security, then a baby nursing, feeding at her mother’s breast would be a brilliant way to design us. Ahh, and so he does…
We learn, through this simple act, to attach to the feeder. A high joy environment in the home increases healthy attachment to the feeder and others. If the first year of life is low joy and filled with stress, then from day one we learn to attach to the food to bring us temporary relief, rather than to the feeder, the true source of comfort.
It has been said that if you take the meals and the mountains out of the Bible, you wouldn’t have much left. Certainly God guides his people to use shared meals as a way to attach to him and to other people. We learn to use food in the way God intends as a means of bonding with him and others. We don’t get attached to the food, the food is an aid to attachment to God and other people.
God is especially a fan of meals of celebration. This is where our faith is bonded in our relationships and we share joy because we are glad to be with God and each other. We learn that eating at these special times throughout the year connects us to each other and to those who shared these celebrations in the past.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter “feasting” come to mind for Christians. For Jesus and his fellow Jews, of course, the greatest celebration is Passover. This is when escape from slavery in Egypt is reenacted and freedom celebrated. It is at this time that Jesus uses his final Passover meal to say to his followers what he most wants them to hear. He is inviting them to a new kind of celebration.
But, the meal is bittersweet…
Share at least three meals with other people this week. No smartphones, no TV. People, table and food.