Witnesses

Excerpt from Let Food Be Thy Gift

Witnesses

Almost seven years ago, I was forced to be honest about how I was treating my body and why I was practicing a completely different belief system internally than I was externally. As I pursued health and wholeness with all my spirit, heart, mind and body, I was naturally reconnected to the relationships that I needed with myself, others and the world. My pursuit of health became a transformative process of choice, care, connection, compassion and concern for creature and creation.

In this process, I have been led to amazing witnesses and reminders of the design and connection of all things. Today, I am thankful for the men and women who have courageously shared their lives, love, experience, strength and hope to encourage me with the encouragement they were encouraged by. I am thankful for witnesses like Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou, Anne Frank, Booker T. Washington, Robert Capon, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Brennan Manning, Jean Vanier, Soren Kierkegaard, Simone Weil, Wendell Berry, Alan Watts, Vincent Van Gogh and Albert Einstein. I am thankful for singers, painters, poets, writers, builders, teachers and creators of goodness and beauty. These courageous men and women have lived as they were designed to be vulnerable, weak, fragile, healthy, sensitive, needy, desperate and dependent on love and truth.

I am thankful for witnesses who have left their stories behind in pictures, stories, buildings, businesses, families and communities. I am also thankful for the sun, seasons, stars, flowers, many true friends, my kids and the Divine Love that flows continuously through this world to nourish our spirits, hearts, minds, bodies and relationships.

Remember, to be healthy is to be a witness of love and truth and to be a gift of nourishment and encouragement to your neighbor.

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