Exodus 16-19

Gluttony, and the waste that goes with it, continues to happen.  There doesn’t seem to be anything we can do to stop it.  Maybe it is just the nature of human beings in general.  In my modernised western world country there should be enough food to go round and yet tons of the stuff are thrown away daily, obesity is growing, and conversely increasing numbers of people find themselves having to access food banks for the bare necessities.  I like the notion that everyone should be able to access what they need and only what they need.  Unfortunately in today’s world, for the majority of us, we need to spend money in exchange for food.  That’s still no excuse for those to waste what they are able to acquire.

I grew up hearing the saying that ‘the Sabbath is a day of rest’, usually from my mum when she would sit down after Sunday lunch had been eaten and do no more – it was time to fend for ourselves.  No longer is the Sabbath a day of rest for many, even those with faith.  In today’s world, there is virtually no difference between the Sabbath or any other day of the week.  The world, or at least our little corner of it, is expected to be open 24 hours to cater to whatever we want to do right then.  While part of me thinks this is not necessarily a bad thing so the demand is spread and not concentrated, and anyway why should people who don’t believe be expected to observe, I can’t help thinking that we all need to take time to rest, and switch off and get away from the constant noise which assaults us daily.

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