Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer
A Divine Calling
Recently, while junking at my favorite thrift store, I found a kitchen blessing written on an old wall hanging. (Oh...the joys of thrifting!) I did edit it a little and added the last few verses. There was no name to identify its author.
But the poem reminds me why God has ordained the wonderful sphere of the home as the wife's occupation in life. What better place could we be? It is a heavenly and high calling. In the home, specifically the kitchen, godly women do the very work that God Himself does. We feed others, which is what God has done from the very beginning of time. He feeds His people. This is divine activity!
In the garden, God fed the man and woman He created; in fact, He created their food even before He fashioned Adam and Eve. The LORD fed the children of Israel manna in the dessert. God kept the widow's jug of oil and jar of flour replenished for herself, her son and Elijah the prophet (1 Kings 17) during a time of famine.
Nourishment as Ministry
During His earthly ministry, Jesus compassionately fed the multitudes. Matt 15:32 tells us about one such time:
Then Jesus called his disciples to Him and said, "I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way."
The first time Jesus fed a multitude there were 5000 men alone, not including women and children. On another occasion (John 6:1-14), Jesus used a young boy's five barley loaves and two small fish to feed upwards of 10,000 hungry people.
Tuning into our family's physical need for food as Jesus did, will move us to compassion to meet that need through nourishment. The love of Christ will be manifested to those we love as we provide food that really satisfies physical hunger and the body's need to build, repair and energize itself.
This is something that many children (or husbands) in the United States do not experience in our day and age as more and more mothers depend upon those outside the home (who have no sense of compassion) to feed them.
But besides physical food, God supplies His children with spiritual food. In the 23rd Psalm, our Shepherd leads us and feeds us. Jesus told His followers, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst" (John 6:35-36).
Nourishing others with physical food from our kitchens opens to us the opportunity to nourish them spiritually as well. And that, my dear sisters, is what our kitchens are all about.
Bless my little kitchen, Lord;
I love its every nook.
And bless me as I do my work,
Wash pots and pans and cook.
May the meals that I prepare
Be seasoned from above
With Your blessing and Your grace,
But most of all Your love.
As we partake of earthly food
The table You have spread,
We'll not forget to thank You, Lord,
For all our daily bread.
Please bless my little kitchen, Lord
And those who enter here;
May they find Your joy and peace,
Through Christ the Savior dear.
For what I offer on each plate
Can only gratify
The temporary need one has -
T'will never satisfy.
But Jesus is the Bread of Life;
It is the soul He feeds.
He gives to every hungering heart
Himself, to meet the need.
"I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst". (John 6:35-36)