Twice last week I had the pleasure of being served dumplings. These are small savoury balls of dough and suet which, in my case, were served in a fine broth and a lovely stew. In winter, when we especially need to eat fats (ignore the food police’s admonitions to cut out fat; sugar is the greater enemy) to keep ourselves warm. Although I would be less inclined to relish their consumption in a boiling July, a freezing December renders them the more desirable.

God provides for all our needs, both physical and spiritual. Few of us would refuse good, warm food for the belly at this time of year, so why would we refuse or water down food for the soul?

For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee. He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly. Psalm 147:13-15