Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dinner: A Family Miracle

I don't know about you, but I have found the daily evening meal preparation to be challenging.  To be mundane.  I have at times hated it.  Have you gone through a funk with meal preparation?  Have I ever!    Sometimes lasting months.  I had a bad attitude.  I whined and moaned and searched the recesses of my brain for something else to do with chicken or ground beef.  Maybe this sounds familiar to you too?

We have a family history of Crohns disease and Celiac disease.  This has lead us to be very conscientious of how and what we eat.  Especially at home since we can't always control what we eat outside the home.  During the week I am the person who prepares the daily meals. Because we eat healthfully and have some food limitations, I do cook every meal and mostly from scratch. 

One evening we sat down and gave thanks and a gift of grace was shown to me.  Isabelle and Joseph began to talk and chat about various things to us.  Everyone was happy.  Joyful!  The candles I had lit flickered warmly illuminating precious faces.  I realized I had prepared this meal and set the stage for this family time to happen.  Thank you Holy Spirit for blowing in and showing the everyday blessing!  I knew that, I just needed to see it!

Today, I do still see mounds dishes to wash when I think of cooking, but now I also see a blessed time with my family.  Time that is precious with precious people. Cooking that meal has become a daily discipline for me.  I don't always love the actual work, but I do look forward to what it brings:  My family sharing the common meal. Sublime.


Daniel & Amy Stickel said...

Thank you for writing this post. I definitely go through preparing meals funk too. Sometimes I don't want to make meals at all, and I'm so uninspired. Thanks again

Mommabelle said...

Thank you for stopping by!