Monday, November 27, 2006

Seasonal Soul Food

A couple of days after the Thanksgiving feast was over, I ran across a statistic that jolted me back to reality: A typical Thanksgiving meal can consist of as many as 5,000 calories! That’s about three days’ worth of nourishment and all our vitamins and minerals with a few antioxidants thrown in for good measure – all at one sitting. It is no wonder that turkey torpor sets in before we get the kitchen cleaned up.

pumpkin pieThanksgiving is only the beginning of the season in which rich foods are so readily available. It could make your arteries gurgle just thinking about it. One sure antidote is physical exercise, so I think it’s worth a couple of more miles of walking or running for a big piece of Grandmother’s pumpkin pie.

Allow me to recommend some food during this holiday season that won’t cost you another belt notch. It’s food for your soul. I’m speaking of such wonderful events as Handel’s Messiah. Is it coming to your neighborhood soon? Is it within walking distance of your home? If you can participate in the singing of Messiah, that is all the better because you have to rehearse. Not only will that burn off calories, but the music becomes a part of your thought processes. But if you couldn’t get signed up to sing, please take in the performance. The sheer exhilaration of the Hallelujah Chorus is worth a trip from anywhere.

Another plus is that if you have not had time to read the Bible very much lately, Handel’s Messiah will catch you up on everything from the Old Testament Prophets to the New Testament Book of Revelation. There’s a performance of Handel’s Messiah in my town tonight. My friends and neighbors are singing in it. I can’t wait to go and get my soul fed.

Pastor Linda
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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