December 18 - Food
Christmas is food! There are so many wonderful traditional ways to experience Christmas with our taste buds. Often, Christmas involves foods that we don’t usually eat all the time, for some reason. Like Peppermint Bark! (You can read about it here if you don’t know what I’m talking about: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peppermint_bark ) Chocolate mixed with peppermint? Yes please.
As it always has, food brings people together in the Bible and honor special moments. In John’s Gospel, the first miracle Jesus performed publicly was turning water into wine at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Here, the steward of the party thought that the wine Jesus provided was so good, he basically says, “Wow! You’ve saved the best for last.”
Christmas comes for us at the end of the calendar year but for Christians this season of Advent is the beginning of our liturgical calendar. We get to have our cake and eat it too (this is about food, after all). Sharing in the goodness of God this season both helps us to realize that God is saving the best for last AND we get to taste and see that the Lord is good.
If you get to taste something this season, may it be the best yet. If you discover God moving in your life, may you savor it and look forward to even better days.