Preparing 4 His Kingdom


Encouragement from Erica Lerisse

Let Us Be Thankful For Our Food

March 16, 2024

Growing up I never had to put thought into food:  where it was coming from, shopping for it, preparing it.  Wake up in the morning and eat a bowl of cereal; go to school and eat lunch; come home and microwave something.  Eating was by habit not hunger.  It was the habit to eat breakfast at this set time,, lunch at this set time and dinner and rarely was there the feeling of real hunger, just the habit of mind and appetite that lead me.

And then we arrived in Haiti.  It seemed overwhelming to me that from the time I opened my eyes in the morning until after dinner, my mind had to be focused on food.  There were no quick grabs, no easy preparations.  There was no electricity for a refrigerator.  Along with all the people around me, I had to make the daily trek to the open market.  Step over and around every foul puddle of whatever, weave in and out of the market, barter for everything that was needed for the day. Then come home and from SCRATCH make something that could go down and stay down.  It was an added blessing if it was delightful to the pallet.  

Our people live everyday with food foremost in their mind, not necessarily because of greed or glutton, but because of the daily hustle to eat.  Where will the money come from?  Will the money come?  How can $2 feed my family of 4 for the day?  Should we eat today, or use these few pesos to buy a much needed sandal?

Being able to eat is a mercy granted by our Father.  Being able to eat breakfast, again being able to eat lunch, and then dinner….those who can are RICH and blessed beyond measure.

Having cabinets, refrigerators, and then a freezer to boot with food STORED 

convienently in it is a gift for which to express gratitude.  

To be sufficiently nurtured so that your thoughts are not consumed with hunger pains, your ears not full of the whining of your children for hunger is a mercy.

Jacob recognized the blessing and goodness of God to feed us when he said, “Gen 48:15  And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,”

Let us sit before our meals today and truly, sincerely from our hearts, give thanks for the food our Father provides.