Ahh, yes, leftovers. After a big feast day like Thanksgivng, just about everyone will have plenty of leftovers. Have you ever thought to be thankful for them?
How many times have you answered the age-old "What's for dinner?" question with "leftovers" and been met with "Really? Leftovers?" as though you've just offered old socks with a side of dish rag to eat. Really, how spoiled are we? Leftovers are such a big sign of being blessed.
If we take even a 30 second tour around the world, we'll realize just how few people get to enjoy leftovers, and how many people would love to. Remember the stories about Venezula right now - how people are standing in line for hours to get a loaf of bread. There is just very little food available in the country. Here in Texas, statistics tell us that 1 in 5 children face food insecurity. Only those who have plenty to eat can have leftovers.
And if you still have company in town the day after Thanksgiving, leftovers give the added blessing of extra time. We don't have to cook up a new meal. Instead, we just have to reheat, and maybe add some new sauce or olive oil to freshen things up a bit. Voila - meals served in about 20 minutes, giving us additional hours to spend with family and friends.
Being appreciative of having leftovers falls squarely into the category of good stewardship. It's taking care of the goods we have been given, and appreciating that we have been given "our daily bread" once again.
Lord, thank you for your great abundance, multiplying our food for many days. Amen.