Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Rice Night

Tonight was our first official "rice night." We have decided to spend one night a week eating just rice and water. We've seen this idea floated around on other blogs and we like what it represents.

In it's simplest form, it represents saved money - which we can then turn around and give elsewhere. We're really trying to" cut the fat" wherever we can in our budget so this will be a tiny help. That's a great benefit of it.

But the bigger thing it does is allow us to focus on what it is a good portion of the world has to eat every night (if there is enough). It allows us to pray for those in need all around the globe. It allows us to meet God over a meal and ask Him to lead our hearts where He wants them to go. It also allows us to reflect on just how insanely wealthy we are. And what we are supposed to do with that wealth.

Meron was on-board. She loved the rice. And we told her what we were doing and why we were doing it. Her comment?

"I need a spoon - not a fork. I getting rice everywhere."
But I actually do think she understood a little. Right before bedtime I asked her why we had rice and she said
"For the people in Africa."
That's right Meron. For the people in Africa.

We also are going to serve some Bible with our rice (because that's readily available!). Tonight we looked at Psalm 112:
Praise the Lord.

Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
who finds great delight in his commands.

His children will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Wealth and riches are in his house,
and his righteousness endures forever.

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.

Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely,
who conducts his affairs with justice.

Surely he will never be shaken;
a righteous man will be remembered forever.

He will have no fear of bad news;
his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

His heart is secure, he will have no fear;
in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.

He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor,
his righteousness endures forever;
his horn will be lifted high in honor.

The wicked man will see and be vexed,
he will gnash his teeth and waste away;
the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.
We are a blessed family. We are rich, rich, rich. I think our first rice night went over well...


the heaths said...

I absolutely love this idea, go Meron for jumping on board spoon and all!

Steph said...

Great idea. I'm doing it!

Unknown said...

We have done several rice nighyts ourselves, they are a great physical reminder.

LOVE the idea of once a week. Inspiring! Thanks for your amazing hearts.

Team R

Donna said...

Crazy love my friend, CRAZY love!

angie said...

love this...probably going to become part of our weekly meal plan :)