Five Minute Friday, Love

Food Is Love

February 14, 2014

For the two years we lived in south Miami, we’d gather every sunday around my Grandaddy’s dining table, our sweaty bare legs sticking to those turquoise leather seats. We’d gather and break bread, (or biscuits, as was usually the case), and we’d laugh and talk and share stories over a meal. It wasn’t anything fancy, it was food. But it wasn’t just food either, it was the love we experienced at that meal. My Grandaddy loved to cook, he loved to eat with company, and he always said, “food is love”.

Food has always been a way I have felt loved and cared for, nourished by not just calories, but by the hands and hearts that have prepared my meals over the years. I do it now, for my own babies. I feed them well and it’s easy.It’s just one of the ways I love them.

I’m reminded often, that while food is abundant here, this is not the case in so many other places. So many mamma’s want to love their babies by feeding them, yet they struggle. I want to feed them all. I want to fling open my doors and set my table and pack my house full of the hungry because to me, food is love–food should not be a privilege–it’s a need, a basic necessity of life.

Photo courtesy of Lisa-Jo Baker

Photo courtesy of Lisa-Jo Baker

My friend, Lisa-Jo introduced me to a community in South Africa that has been faithfully praying for their basic needs to be met. The people of Maubane need a community center, a place where they can gather and cook and wash and serve each other.  The goal is to raise $150,000 by Mothers Day.

Today, we want to fund the first part, a community vegetable garden.  This Valentines day, we’re going to live love.

Photo courtesy of Lisa-Jo Baker

Photo courtesy of Lisa-Jo Baker


God is love, and food can also be a way to love. 

Photo courtesy of Lisa-Jo Baker

Photo courtesy of Lisa-Jo Baker

This is the human blueprint for the community center they dream of building. $150,000 is a lot of money. But we serve a God of abundance. I believe we can do this. I believe we can love our neighbors well, and that we can fill in this space with a building that meets their basic needs.

Join me. Let’s love well, so others can live well.

Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 10.58.52 PMMy friend Kashoan of Krafty Kash Designs has created 3 special necklaces in honor of this beautiful project. She is donating $12 of every purchase to the funding of this community center. You have to see her beautiful work, and then grab one for you and perhaps for a friend too–your gift will directly impact the lives of our neighbors in South Africa. How awesome is that?!

Krafty Kash Designs

Krafty Kash Designs

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  • Reply Lindsey Brackett February 14, 2014 at 4:19 am

    I love this “God is love and food is love” because it is so true. Your imagery of your Grandaddy’s table made me long for mine who left us a month ago…but he lives on at our table when we set it with his favorite foods and lots of love. That’s a simple gift to give, but oh, so vital.

    • Reply Kris Camealy February 14, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      I am so sorry for your loss, Lindsey. ((hugs)) I still so miss those Sunday evening gatherings. I miss them for my children’s sake too. It is a simple gift–but so beautiful.

  • Reply Lisa-Jo Baker February 14, 2014 at 4:33 am

    SO glad I got to sit at a table with you last weekend Kris, no matter how briefly. Thank you for you deeply generous heart that feeds so so many of us. I love you so, LJ

    • Reply Kris Camealy February 14, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      It was a delight as always, to see you. Thanks for taking a few minutes to chat. I am grateful always that god crossed our paths. You are an inspiration, Lisa-Jo. God USES you, don’t even doubt that. XXOO Love you much!!

  • Reply Karrilee Aggett February 14, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Yes… this: “food is love–food should not be a privilege–it’s a need, a basic necessity of life.” Amen, sister! Amen!

    • Reply Kris Camealy February 14, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      It’s easy to forget that here, isnt it? Praying God moves mountains for this project to come to life.

  • Reply Christie Purifoy February 14, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Food is love. Definitely. I live by that.

  • Reply Becky Daye February 14, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Love well, so others can live well- beautifully expressed!

  • Reply Alia_Joy February 15, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Food and love=a holy amen. Yes, I’d gather at your table any day. So glad to be in this beauty with you.

  • Reply Mary@The Calm of His Presence February 17, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    “Food is love” Oh yes for so many of us that is how we show those around us we love them. And I love that we can show the people of Maubane God’s love through helping with the garden and community center. I’m glad to be partner with Lisa-Jo on this project too.

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