About the Author

Michelle Ami Reyes, PhD, is an author and activist. Her first book, Becoming All Things, is the recipient of the 2022 ECPA award. Michelle writes at the intersection of multiculturalism, faith, and justice. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.

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  1. * but also if your body is going to punish you with a life-threatening allergic reaction, or even “just” two days of diarrhea, or an autoimmune disease flare-up, or weeks of an itchy rash, for a specific ingredient/food, then maybe skip that one?

    Otherwise, 100% on board with generous, exploratory eating! Just: there is some nuance about what isn’t good for our bodies.

    • 100%! There is a difference between overcoming a food dislike and discerning a food allergy. I’m simply addressing the former. Sometimes, we just don’t want to try something because it’s new and different, and that’s I think where the love of Jesus compels us to stretch ourselves <3

  2. This was the perfect thing for me to read today! We have been put together, by God, with a family from Nigeria and a family from the Ukraine. Food has been a fun and interesting topic with them. And I am thinking of traveling to Africa next year! Wondering what I might be asked to eat there?! and at church we have been going through Acts and recently Peter and the unclean foods to eat. But because he was obedient to God, salvation is available to us Gentiles as well! I know God will be keeping me safe and well through future situations.

  3. Michelle,

    I used to be a picky eater. As I’ve aged I learned to try everything once then say if I like it or not. My husband on the other hand isn’t picky. I’ve been venturing out & trying new recipes all the time It’s fun to experiment & find out what he likes. When we get invited to a friend’s house or church pot luck I try just about everything. You never know what you might like. I want to show everyone God’s grace & love.

    Blessings 🙂

  4. Michelle Ami Reyes’ article, “What a Sandwich Taught Me About Jesus’s Love,” deeply resonated with me, reminding me of the power of simple acts in reflecting Christ’s love. Her vivid portrayal of her son’s interaction with the Venezuelan couple beautifully illustrates the essence of cultural exchange and acceptance. As someone who often finds comfort in familiar things, this story challenged me to look beyond my preferences and embrace new experiences with an open heart. Michelle’s insightful connection between a humble sandwich and the profound concept of table fellowship in Christianity is both enlightening and inspiring. It made me reflect on my own experiences of sharing meals with people from different backgrounds and how these moments are more than just about food—they’re about understanding, love, and the celebration of our shared humanity. This article is a gentle yet powerful reminder of how everyday encounters can teach us about love, acceptance, and the beauty of diversity in God’s creation. Blessings, Paul.