N.W.BOYER…Christian Author… Looking for the Coming of Christ

LET US EAT CHOCOLATE

Many people think they need to cut out anything sweet in order to be healthy, but according to some researches and a recent comment on an article by National Geographic (by Anna Fiorentino Oct. 2022), chocolate can be quite good for us!

Yeah!!!…resounds all of us who love almost anything chocolate!!

“The ancients of Mesoamerica called cholate a divine magical portion. Now, research claims that in its raw, bitter form, without processing or sugar, cocoa wards off cancer, lowers blood pressure, and improves memory.  Cacao, the less-processed form of cocoa, is high in antioxidants and its anti-inflammatory chemicals, called flavonoids, are making their way into health and wellness products…”

So, that being said, remember that they are talking about “dark chocolate”. If you are used to the other types, it may take a bit of getting used to the darker form, but may be worth the effort.

Recently, I remember an older film that is based around chocolate. Some of you may remember it. This film, Chocolat, is a story with a bit of fantasy mixed with strict traditions of the Christian church in a small village. A young woman brings her child to the village and opens a chocolate shop. She is a stranger, different and it is hard to find her place among those who have lived there all their lives.

If you have not seen it, I recommend it or that you revisit it.

For many Christians, especially around the time of Lent, it is customary to give up something that we enjoy. That often takes the form of NOT EATING something that we especially like… candies…and particularly chocolate is a favorite.

Perhaps Christians through the ages thought that refraining from something that we do in the “flesh,” or body, will endear us to God in our spiritual life. We forget that the Holy Scriptures warns us about this very thing and we should not be a judge of others who may not have the same traditions or beliefs.

One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.” Romans 14:5,6

In the film, the mayor of this town reminds people over and over to “keep their faith by abstaining during Lent. On the Christian calendar, Lent is a 40 days observance of Christ and His death on the cross and then His glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday.

The mayor of this town finds himself having difficulty with fully observing Lent as he tells the towns people. The opening of the new shop selling chocolates is a special temptation. In a dramatic scene, he eventually gives in and does even worse things, like breaking into the chocolate shop and gorging himself with the delicacies that the shop owner has made.

There are many excellent scenes in this film, Chocolat, and perhaps one of my favorites is when the town priest gives his sermon of love of Christ and His humanity on earth to all people. It is not by works, or “depriving ourselves” which we do, but our faith that saves us and pleases God. For those who benefit from this Christian tradition, however, may you be blessed.

Click the short part of the film, Chocolat. It begins with the mayor’s face smeared with chocolate and the next day when the priest gives his sermon. The video ends abruptly, but the town’s people finally find a joy and happiness and an ability to accept and appreciate other people, as our Lord did.

Turn up your sound.

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