In the course of my very light research on Burns Night recently, I came across the poem below. You are probably thinking what does ‘Some have food…’ have to do with Burns Night. The origins of this poem is attributed to Robert Burns (though there is no proof that he wrote it) and he is the reason for Burns Night.
Some hae meat and canna eat
And some wad eat that want it
But we hae meat and we can eat
And sae the Lord be thankit
Immediately I saw it, the grace we sang back at school before every meal popped into my mind:Some have food but cannot eat; Some can eat but have no food; We have food and we can eat; Glory be to God, Amen.Click To Tweet
I sang this routinely for years but never stopped to consider the meaning of these words. As an adult, I often take it for granted that there is food on the table regularly and that I can actually eat it. It is so much easier to thank God for the bigger “things” in life, such as buying a house or car.
I am not sure which is worse, having food but being unable to eat it or being hungry without access to food? Perhaps both are equally horrible but I do know that food is up there in the list of resources we need to survive and these verses from 1 Timothy highlight that very well!
Summary of My Musings
It may not be the actual point that Timothy was trying to make here. I suspect it was more along the lines of not pursuing worldly possessions but it does show that to be content, I do not actually need much. Which makes it even sadder when there are those amongst us who do not have access to these basic needs. So I have arrived at two conclusions today:
- Pray more for the less fortunate
- Make it a habit to appreciate God for his daily provisions and for the grace to enjoy them!
If you are interested in how the tune of the grace goes then here’s a not-so-great video of some kids shouting it out!