Friday 7 December 2018

The Richest of Foods

By Cindy Williams | @nutritionchic 

Last Christmas was special. My whole family gathered together at our childhood home – a place of great beauty, good memories and peace. We dragged the dining room table and chairs to the end of the lawn and sat under the red flowers of the Pohutukawa tree dining on the richest of foods.

Afterwards, we lazed on the lawn in the sunshine enjoying the satisfaction of a good meal, enhanced by our body pumping out endorphins, the natural opioids often called the ‘feel-good’ hormones. Our body and souls were satisfied.

The loneliest day

This Christmas, some will eat the richest of foods and yet still their soul will be starved: those who have wealth but no wisdom, fame but no faith; those who are grieving or lonely or in families of anger and abuse. For some, Christmas day is the loneliest day of all.

As authors we can suffer that dryness of soul – as we stare at a blank screen, as we read yet another rejection, as we resist that cruel thought: ‘You’re wasting your time.’

'My soul will be satisfied with the richest of foods' Ps. 63:5 

Psalm 63 gives the solution to all whose soul is in a ‘dry and weary land.’ It tells us to praise God, lift up your hands to Him, and sing songs of praise. In a time of distress, when we are awake with anxiety through the watches of the night, remember God and praise him - even if you don’t feel like it. It is not called a ‘sacrifice of praise’ for nothing!

If you set your mind to do these things, the word of God promises you will be satisfied as with the best Christmas meal ever.

May you be richly blessed this Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

 About Cindy Williams 

With degrees in Nutrition, Public Health and Communication Cindy worked for many years as a dietitian for sports teams, food industry, media, and as a nutrition writer and speaker.

Her first novel, The Pounamu Prophecy, was short listed for the 2016 Caleb Prize. She writes stories of health, history, food and faraway places at

Cindy lives in Sydney with her husband and son, writing stories of flawed women who battle injustice... and sometimes find romance.

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