August 22, 2012

The Ultimate Comfort Food


Nancy and I recently attended a small gathering of family members and friends at which our hostess served comfort food, which Wikipedia describes as “food prepared traditionally that may have nostalgic or sentimental appeal.” Wikipedia also suggests that comfort food “may relieve negative psychological affects or increase positive feelings."

The most popular comfort food is probably chicken soup which many people believe has curative powers for those stricken with a cold or flu. The comfort food prepared by our hostess was macaroni and cheese made from a family recipe that is at least eighty years old or more. Seven of the ten people at the table were familiar with this recipe, and I have enjoyed this dish for more than seventy years.

The recipe was handed down from my mother who was still making it when she was in her nineties. It is a dish she prepared with a loving heart which I believe makes it not just comfort food but food for the soul.

You can grill expensive steaks for company, and your friends and family may enjoy them, but they won't necessarily bring back fond memories of family and friends. However, bacon wrapped shrimp on a skewer, brushed with barbecue sauce, lovingly prepared and grilled by our son, Doug, will remind every member of our family of good times vacationing on the Emerald Coast of North Carolina.

In the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus declared:
“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” 
The Bread of Life refreshes us when we hunger for peace and thirst for the truth. It strengthens us when we are weary and sustains us through life’s trials. Jesus is the ultimate comfort food prepared for us with love and paid for by his death on the cross so that we might have eternal life.

As our young folks might say, “That’s awesome!”