In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent ...
— Isaiah 4:2
Food is a symbol of God’s love, care, and substance, and should be eaten with thanksgiving.
— The Science of Mind, page 253
What Did You Have For Breakfast?
No matter what you experience, there is more to it than meets the eye. Take something simple like breakfast, for example. You look forward to breaking your fast with food and drink that pleasures you. But, the next time you eat breakfast, instead of merely enjoying the flavors of the foods, why not give thanks for all the hands and souls and natural forces that went into its preparation.
Have you ever had the joy of seeing oranges on a tree, or inhaling the fragrance of orange blossoms? There is a farmer who cares for those trees as though they were his children, lighting smudge pots when they get too cold, and making sure they take their “vitamins.” And think of all the harvesting, packing, and distributing hands ... not to mention the store owners and workers, just so you can have a glass of juice at breakfast!
Then, let your mind travel to the toast on your plate. Perhaps you have seen golden wheat fields waving in the wind. Imagine you are eating the sunshine, the rain, and the wind! Now ... look at the eggs. Have you ever listened to a hen as she proudly delivers her prize production? Her cries of joy get louder and louder until the crescendo reaches it peak and voilá ... there, in her nest, is the egg! Or, picture cattle grazing on a sunny spring day — a regal scene against a backdrop of a green velvet meadow— truly a picture of beauty encompassed in your glass of cool fresh milk.
The universe is in perfect order.
I work with love for the good of all life, just as the world lovingly provides all I need.
I am grateful for every facet of my life and never cease to wonder at its marvels.
I am thankful I am provided with so many rare jewels ... the fruit of the earth.