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Eat it Happy

We labor, but God nourishes and sustains us. And this is reason for celebrating. Man should not eat the bread of sorrows (Ps. 127:2); rather “eat thy bread with joy” (Eccles. 9:7); “I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry” (8:15); but, of couse, “who can eat, or who can have enjoyment apart from Him?” (2:25). It is said of the seventy elders of Israel who went up to Mount Sinai with Moses and Aaron that “they beheld God, and did eat and drink” (Ex. 24:11). God cannot endure that unfestive, mirthless attitude or urs in which we eat our bread with sorrow, with pretentious, busy haste, or even with shame. Through our daily meals He is calling us to rejoice, to keep holiday in the midst of our working day.

—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 by Pastor Jerry Owen