An article about local food and slaughtering your own chicken caught my eye the other day. Local food is often about knowing where your food comes from and trust. Very good things. The author mentions he was blissfully unaware of modern food production other than occasionally wondering what the chicken on the rotisserie looked like with feathers, until he visited a local farm and slaughtered his own. Isn’t that the crux of the issue? It isn’t about organic, local, or conventional. It’s about knowing where your food comes from. Not from the grocery store, the feedlot, or the rancher or farmer, but from the Creator of it all. When we remember that, whether, as a steward of the land, consumer, or in between, we will be thankful whatever the package on the food says. “God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food” perhaps the first blessing learned, the simplest, and in some ways the most profound. Next time your at a farmers market or standing in line at the supermarket, take a moment and praise Him for what you have – food.

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