During that time the devil came and said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.”
-Matthew 4:3 NRSV
When I was young growing up in Canada, my mother always had a Bible passage she could recite for every situation there was, good or bad. Even during her battle with cancer and loss of her teenage son. She still amazes me today at almost 90 years of age when she comes up with words from scripture.
I love to cook, especially for family gatherings. This is what attracted me to this Lenten devotion due to the word “FOOD.” My heart soars when our family is gathered together, and it usually is surrounded with food. We always start with prayer. Here nourishment is both spiritual and for our bodies.
When I was so ill and had to spend months in the hospital, I surrounded myself with music, uplifting Christian music like Amy Grant and Fernando Ortega. When a friend came to visit, she saw I had a CD player and on her next visit she brought me the Bible on CD. What an awesome gift! With the music and the Bible this helped me keep strong. It (the scriptures) nourished my soul.
The very next verse Matthew4: states that “Jesus said NO, the scriptures say, people do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
I wish I was gifted with a great memory like my mother’s, but I am blessed with family and friends that with the help of technology, were able to lift my spirit with the “Word of God.” This helped me fight evil (illness). It was nourishment for my soul.
We must find ways not only for ourselves but for others as well. Find ways to nourish our souls with the word of God, scriptures. Could be music, actions, reading or listening. Scripture nourishes our soul as food nourishes our body.
Dear Jesus, thank you for your Word in nourishing our souls and help us to share those words with others. Thank you so for my mother and others like her. Amen.