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Simply Eat: Divine Fruit Salad

Nadina Mary Devabalan shares how her Divine Fruit Salad helps her share Jesus

Nadina Mary Devabalan shares her story of how food and faith can change lives in an extract from Simply Eat, a collection of stories about meeting Jesus around food.

I love making fruit salad for dessert. Sometimes I make it for my family when my dad comes home from work. Our neighbour often pops round for a snack. My Divine Fruit Salad is a great way for me to tell others what Jesus means to me.

To make a Divine Fruit Salad, begin with a smile. 


When our neighbour comes round, my smile is long as the Nile. 

He pulls up a chair and enquires about our day. 

I reply, It was good, but only because we prayed!’ 

As I bring out a bowl and begin to prepare my fruits 

I explain to my neighbour how the Bible is the truth. 

I start to peel my bananas of self-control 

And tell my neighbour how God cleansed my soul. 

I top, tail and wash my strawberries clean 

Telling how God grows us from as small as a bean. 

I start to slice my apple of peace thin 

And explain how God brought us out from sin. 

Then I collect my cherries of gentleness and grapes of good 

And feel bubbly for by my side God has stood. 

I begin to peel and slice my kiwis of kindness 

And explain that only God can deliver us from our blindness. 

Then I core and chop my patient pears 

And explain to my neighbour that God really cares. 

Next, I chop my joyful jackfruit 

And tell him God is my firm root. 

A drop of my favourite faithful juice I add 

And tell my neighbour how God makes me glad! 

Finally, I mix up the fruits in the bowl 

Give my neighbour a serving, refreshing his soul! 

He takes a bite and smiles in delight. 

He tells me he tastes Jesus’ light! 

O what a glorious night! 

Jesus in me has burned bright! 

Simply Eat is a coffee table book designed to inspire Christians to share Jesus around food.

From a BAFTA award-winning writer to a former Hindu priest, and from a poetic schoolgirl to a celebrity chef, Simply Eat is an inspirational collection of stories and recipes celebrating the power of food and faith.

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