A Mystery Food

Good Morning, God!

Yesterday, Suz said “I have a food for you that you’ve NEVER had.” I admit I was dubious — after all I’ve eaten quite a few foods. But as soon as I saw it, I knew Suz was right!

“TASTE IT!” she said, “and GUESS what it is!” — so, I did. At my first bite I said “Avocado!” But I knew that wasn’t right. So, I had another bite — with a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of sea salt. I still had NO idea, God, what it was! Fortunately, SUZ gave me a “hint” by pointing to the shape inside. The shape was familiar. A baby ALMOND! I was eating fresh almonds!

Suz said she had tried one years earlier, and didn’t like it. But then a couple of weeks ago, Suz saw a Persian man buying a pound at the Farmers’ Market and she asked him, “How do you eat them?” He said, “You scrub off the fuzz and eat them with lemon juice and salt. That’s all. They’re GOOD for you!”

They really did taste as if they were good for me — in a very positive way — refreshing and satisfying. But, it was IMPORTANT to know that the thick grey fuzz had to come off and that lemon juice and salt helped!

For some reason, God, I’m thinking not of food now, but of communication. There are pieces of “information” that would be “good for us” to know — but they are wrapped in the “grey fuzz” of judgment — which is hard to scrub off! And, if we don’t know about ADDING the “lemon juice of humor” or the “salt of affirmation” then the information is not going to be “consumed.”

Funny — or sad — God, how much energy we put into preparing a meal, but, how little real attention we put into our conversational interactions. Please, God, help me pay more attention to both what I eat and what I say!

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