Ok, it’s another FFTF (Food for Thought Friday) – Food for the body and the spirit. I loooooovvve the Christmas season, so this post is very befitting. For the spirit I will be sharing a bit about how the Christmas song, “Breath of Heaven” has impacted me. And for the body, “Healthy Superfood Prestigio (Chocolate Coconut) tarts. Hope you enjoy.
I have traveled many moonless nights
Cold and weary with a babe inside
And I wonder what I’ve done
Holy Father, You have come
And chosen me now to carry Your Son
I am waiting in a silent prayer
I am frightened by the load I bear
In a world as cold as stone
Must I walk this path alone?
Be with me now, be with me now.
Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, Breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy
Breath of Heaven
Do you wonder as you watch my face
If a wiser one should have had my place?
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of Your plan
Help me be strong, help me be, help me
Listen to a version by Eden’s Bridge here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLXvGNUOtZM
Sometimes when I listen to this song I start to cry. I think it’s because of the simplicity of it and the way that Mary addresses God, “Breath of Heaven”. She was just a young girl when a unexepected visitor showed up and shared a message with her that essentially changed the entire course of her life. She was engaged to be married to a simple carpenter, and she herself, was just a simple girl – that loved God.
As she silently prays to her maker, she’s extremely vulnerable and expresses to Him just how scared she is. She knows that the world is a cold place and she is feeling all alone. And rightly so. Imagine being in her place. A virgin, engaged to be married, in a society where it is absolutely unacceptable and punishable to have had sexual relations before marriage. And now she is carrying the son of God.
She pours her soul out to the only one that could possibly understand what she is going through. God, hold me together (I’m losing it). God, be forever near me (I feel so lost). God, lighten my darkness (the stone cold reality of this world is blinding me (I can’t see you). God, pour over me your holiness (for you are the only one that can ease my anguished heart and replace the lack of tranquility with overwhelming peace).
I think it’s amazing how she addresses God as, “Breath of Heaven”. The word breath signifies life. Every bodily function depends on breathing as breathing is the most fundamental of all the body’s systems. It’s at the very core of life. When one stops breathing, one dies.
She also recognizes that she’s weak. She doesn’t see herself as one that is wise enough to be carrying such a serious responsibility. But the beautiful thing is that, even though she’s full of doubts and even though she considers herself as unwise, it didn’t matter to God. What mattered was that she was willing to offer all that she is. What mattered was that she had a heart of humility and recognized she needed His strength, and not her own.
What do you think of this song? What are your thoughts concerning it? Leave a comment and let me know.
Ok, who else out there loves a good dessert or tasty little treat, but hates the refined sugar? Being that it’s the Christmas season and all, I thought I’d create this little goody for my kids (ok, for me too, I confess). Try it out and let me know what you think.
Yes, this is my little girl enjoying what’s left over of the filling
Healthy Prestigio (chocolate & coconut) tarts
- 1/2 cup chopped cashews
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup dates
- 1 Tbsp melted butter or coconut oil
- pinch of salt
Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until incorporated. Fill mini cupcake tins with paper liners. Press 1 heaping teaspoon of the mixture into each to form a crust.
- 4 small bananas or 2 large
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 honey
- 4 Tbsp coconut milk
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 Tbsp melted butter or coconut oil
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until fully incorporated. Spoon around 2 good teaspoons of the mixture into the cups. You can garnish with some shredded coconut and then place in the freezer until ready to enjoy.