Author: Sarah Parkinson, TEAR Advocacy volunteer
Easter is the heart of our Christian calendar, when we reflect on Jesus’ life and his ultimate, redemptive sacrifice. This is a time when many of us gather with loved ones around the table to share food and fellowship. During his ministry here on Earth, Jesus himself demonstrated his power to renew and restore the broken through the sharing of food, culminating in the enduring symbolism of Last Supper.
When we consider that food is a precious gift from God, and that He calls us to play our part in His renewal of all things - including our food systems - we are challenged to think differently about how and what we eat. What better time to think about how we might participate in the restoration of our food system than at Easter, the celebration of the greatest restoration story?
Little ones and big ones alike are full of egg-citement for Easter egg hunts and chocolate. The reality is that the chocolate industry has been under scrutiny for years for its negative environmental and human impacts, but there are ethical options! When buying your eggs this Easter, look for Certified Organic, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, or Palm Oil Free chocolate. Why?
This food is a precious gift
and we give you thanks.
In our gratitude
make us also mindful
of the instruments of your provision
that have helped to bring this food to our table:
The people who farm and process;
the sun, the rain, and all the riches
of this glorious earth
You have entrusted to our care.
As we take and eat,
as in all our living and breathing,
let us seek to be loving neighbours
and faithful stewards.
For your purpose and your glory,
Do you have more handy tips, or Easter food stories to share? We’d love to hear them!