The Bean or Not the Bean

Mar 23, 2013 0 1316 Views

As a child, many of us were probably surrounded with many practices and traditions. My life was no different, in our family and the church. One of these traditions was the celebration of St. Joseph’s Day. Some of these practices and traditions I didn’t fully understand, but of course we all participated anyway. Choice or not, it was just something we did. As a part of St. Joseph’s Day practices, we would receive a Fava bean from the altar. Since this bean had been “blessed” it was considered to be good luck. Anyone, who had a “lucky bean” in their wallet, as Sicilian tradition said, would never be broke; just as it was believed that if this bean were in the family’s pantry, they would not go without food for the year.

Eventually I realized that there were times that even when I had a Fava bean, that was all that was in my wallet. And there were times that I didn’t have a Fava bean and I stiIl had money. Go figure! So, whether or not I had a Fava bean in my wallet or in my pantry, it probably didn’t matter. What mattered then and what matters now is that I serve a God who shall supply all of my needs. The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:19) This doesn’t mean that I’ll get everything I want, but my needs shall be met; and so shall yours! The bean or not the bean…

~Lisa Martin Benson

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