Daily Thanks – 14 of 30

Day 14: It’s raining again this morning. We’ve had a lot of rain this year in Hawaii and I’m reminded that the aspect of God’s providence that governs the cycle of moisture falling & rising in the world (I.e., precipitation & evaporation) is the same as that which governs the process of eating, drinking, and elimination in our bodies.
This cycle of evaporation of seawater & rainfall is essential for the growth of crops, as well as for providing fresh water for drinking.
Similarly, we need to process food & water through our bodies in order to survive and grow.
When our bodies require fuel, we get hungry and satisfy the urge by consuming our favorite foods. This brings supreme joy to all of us, as evidenced by the myriad of pictures posted on Facebook!
But once we swallow the food or water, we don’t control what happens. God’s providence takes over by digesting and converting the food into energy.
A whole book can be written on the different chemical reactions that go on & different uses of the proteins, fats, carbs, that are produced when food is processed in our bellies. And, conveniently, all waste products are eliminated from our bodies (see earlier post on that).
From now on, when we sit down to eat, let’s not only enjoy the flavors of our meals, let’s also remember to give thanks for the miraculous workings that go on after we swallow, which keep us alive and healthy. God the Parent has blessed us with an exquisite gift that is our well-functioning body.
Let’s also be thankful for the rain as a blessing too!

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I am a fourth generation American of Japanese descent. My great-grandfather immigrated to Hawaii in 1907, and founded Taiheiyo Church in 1931. My grandfather became the 2nd head minister in 1956, and my father succeeded him as the 3rd head minister in 1981. On November 7, 2015, I was installed as the 4th head minister.

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