Scripture:   Acts (NIV) 27:35  After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all.  Then he broke it and began to eat. 

Observation:    Paul was on a ship in the midst of a storm.  He was among sailors and others traveling to Rome—276 of them.  He had just told them that God had shown him that they would be shipwrecked; the ship would be lost but there would be no loss of life.  Now he encourages them to eat, and takes food himself.  But before he eats, he gives thanks to God.  

Application:    I remember the first time I entered the cafeteria at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego.  I watched the people going through the line choosing their food, then finding a place to sit.  I watched to see if any would give thanks to God for their food.  Sure enough, I saw one.  So after getting my food, I sat across the table and also gave thanks!  Boyd Adams and I had a great friendship there in Hospital Corps School and later.  He taught me my first chords on the guitar. 

Prayer:   Lord, may I be faithful to give thanks for my food when alone, or in front of others.  Amen 

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!