I recently saw the movie “Food Chains” about the working conditions of farm workers in Florida. It brought back memories of Lent 2014 when I gave us shopping at Publix for a Lenten discipline. This act of solidarity resulted in my doing much of my grocery shopping at Winn Dixie, the other large grocery store in our area. I was so relieved when Lent was over. I found Winn Dixie expensive and limited in selection. I found myself thinking that it was difficult shopping at Winn Dixie because there was far less to choose from. It wasn’t easy consigned to Winn Dixie and suffering the reduced offerings there.
I thought more about that. Winn Dixie is a huge, beautiful grocery store loaded with row upon row upon row of food. Most of the world never has access to that kind of selection of things to eat. To think of shopping at Winn Dixie as a deprivation of some kind was crazy. Spoiled. Myopic. How could I not see how privileged and fortunate I was to be able to go to Winn Dixie?
Sometimes we only see what isn’t there, what we don’t have, what’s missing. We don’t see what we do have. How good we have it. Lent is a time to get our perspective back.
Lectionary readings for today:
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Prayer: May we see the blessings of our lives each and every day and give thanks. Amen.