Feeding someone else is a unique kind of gift. Gifts are by definition supposed to be extra, unnecessary things. That’s why socks make a bad gift. Everyone needs socks. It’s not fun to get something as a gift that you just need. Gifts should be rooted in generosity, not necessity.
That’s what makes food so interesting as a species of generosity. We all have to eat. It is necessary for us to have food. But what that food is doesn’t HAVE to be particularly fun or enjoyable. But good food––food that is nourishing AND enjoyable––touches our bodies and our souls. It is the essence of a spiritual element, because it means more than it’s straightforward, physical reality.
I’ve been very lucky to help bring meals to our community this year. We’ve been having meals on Wednesday evenings for anyone who wants to join. And the joy and comfort that comes in the cooking has been matched by a chance for us to gather and share together. Because gathering and sharing is one of the best things we get to do, as people.
Our community meals will continue, except for some Wednesdays off for Thanksgiving and during the Holiday week in December. But I hope that more often, others will be helping to provide the food, so that we all have the chance to serve and to be served. If you’re interested in serving or helping with clean up, our sign up is here. If you’d like to join us, we are open for anyone who is interested in joining. We begin at 6pm on Wednesdays.
Sometimes it is hard to tap into our spiritual selves or find time to nurture our creativity and intellectual curiosity. Here is a section that reflects on some nourishing materials from around the web and related media channels in order to get us thinking, get us feeling, and get us reflecting on the lives we are living in this big world. **Some Adult/Mature Themes May Appear in Links and Other Attached Material**
Allan T. Georgia, MDiv, MTS, PhD