Easter and chocolate seem to be inseparable for all of us whether Christian or not, so it is good this month to be able to bring the two together - and I do this with the help of an article I read surrounding the death in February of the maker of my ultimate favourite chocolate - Mr Michele Ferrero, the man behind Ferrero Rocher and Nutella.
It may be of passing interest to know that we eat Nutella at a rate of 356m Kilos in a year worldwide yet the man behind this multi million business was described as a quiet, modest man who rarely sought the limelight.
What really interested me however was his faith. The article I read told of how every morning, Michele Ferrero would pray and place his business in the hands of the Virgin Mary. He travelled to Lourdes every year and paid for his staff to do likewise and he put his faith into action by setting up a foundation which channelled much of his wealth back into the area where he was born.
Placing his business every day in the hands of the Virgin Mary sits on my mind and challenges me. How rarely do I place the day in God’s hands - no, I am much more likely to go rushing in believing it all depends on me and that I am in control.
Jesus took time each day to go to a quiet place to be still and pray, no doubt to place his day in the hands of his Father, and yet we seem to believe we are running everything ourselves. We don’t do it alone, each day is a gift from God and to place the things we will do in that day into his hands reminds us of that and takes away much of the pressure and worry that drives us.
So this Easter I will think about Mr Rocher as I munch on my chocolates or dip into my Nutella jar and give thanks for such a valuable lesson.
“And those who know Your Name put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9 vs 10
“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess” - Martin Luther