Some of my best childhood memories include family gatherings during the holidays. Of course, everyone looked forward to dinner at our parent’s home. Mom would spend the day preparing all the fixings to include her famous sweet potato casserole and macaroni and cheese. We would sit around the table, eating and cracking up at my brother, Kevin, and his crazy jokes. Family and food – that was the perfect combination!
It is something about family and food that makes the soul happy. The same can be said when we fellowship with other Christian sisters and brothers in a service where the bread of life is coming forth. We need natural food to live and survive. But, to REALLY live and survive the test and trials that we face, we need spiritual food. Even Jesus Christ declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35, NIV). Yes, to truly live and enjoy life to the fullest, you have to know Jesus Christ and you can’t know Him unless you read the Word of God and have a personal relationship with Him.
In addition to the “bread of life”, a good meal isn’t the same without good company. Christians need each other – we need to be there to help each other, encourage each other, and pray for one another. “In response to all He has done for us, let us outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other and in doing good. Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of His coming back again is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25, TLB). It is so important that you find a church where you feel like you are with family – Christian brothers and sisters that are supporting and loving each other!
Just like cornbread and collard greens – fellowship and spiritual food go together! And just like spiritual food helps us clean up our spiritual lifestyle, you can also enjoy soul food in a clean and healthy way. So, here is my favorite vegetable side dish – COLLARD GREENS. Any type of dark leafy greens is a super nutritious addition to your diet but I love the taste of collard greens. No need for meat or a lot of salt in this recipe. My secret is organic chicken bone broth to boost the flavor profile of my greens. Bone broth is full of nutrients and contain healing compounds such as collagen which can reduce intestinal and gut inflammation. So, if you are dealing with leaky gut syndrome, joint pain, or auto-immune disorders, try adding organic chicken bone broth to your diet.
Enjoy this free Healthy Soul Food recipe: