For the food on my table, in my refrigerator, at the grocery store and roadside stands. Food...how often I take it for granted, and how devastating it would be to go hungry every day, as MANY in our world do. I want to constantly be reminded of how fortunate I am, for the food that is available for me. Speaking of, I tried this new salad recipe last evening, and both my husband and myself really enjoyed it! It will definitely go in my "favorite's file". I discovered it in my "Taste of the South" magazine. It is "A Taste of Maple Pear Salad."
For the bountiful growing season that we are experiencing in this part of the country. Everywhere I look the fruits and vegtables are in abundance. The small roadside stands gracing the landscape in our county are too numerous to count, not to mention the overflowing produce isles of the local grocery store. Way too much rain, or weeks without rain, could change all of this drastically. So, on this July 4th holiday, I want to be reminded of how great a blessing this is to me. The cherries, blueberries, cantalopes, peaches...each sweet, ripe and delicious!!
What would the July 4th holiday be without watermelon? In my life, I as far back as I can remember, it has been an important part of the food and festivities that go with this day. Sweet, ripe, cold, red( and sometimes seedless), watermelon...what a luxury!
Family, friends, health and strength...huge blessings on this day. Time for fun, fellowship, food, laughter and sharing...how easy for me to take these for granted, and how quickly they can disappear. For MANY this holiday, these gifts are missing. Their hurts and heartaches are great! Their tears are flowing, and their hearts are breaking. I ask for time to reflect, time to pray, and time to remember those God has in my life, for whom this may be true.