January 09, 2013

.a shared table.

    For Christmas I got several deliciously wonderful books. (Sorry I keep going back to the holiday season, I'm just not quite over it yet. :) ) One of those books is A Meal With Jesus by Tim Chester. Although I'm not all the way through it, the idea behind the book is a fascinating one. It's one that I've been thinking over quite a bit lately. It's about "discovering grace, community, and mission around the table." Between this book and Kinfolk Magazine (a favorite of mine designed to focus on the  "shared interest in small gatherings"), I've been realizing the friendship born by sharing a meal with someone. There's something special and intimate about opening your home to someone, sitting down, and breaking bread with them. 

    In this day and age actually sitting down to a meal is a rarity; and if you do manage to sit down while you eat, it's usually a quick affair shared with your phone or favorite television show. Rarely do we actually make a meal, sit down, and just enjoy that moment and the company it's shared with.

    A friend of mine told me recently that she had woken up a while before her alarm sounded. She decided to read and in doing so woke up her husband. Neither one could fall back to sleep so they got up, made breakfast, and spent time together before they both had to leave for work. Something that would normally have been an annoyance (come on, who likes getting up before their alarm??) became an enjoyable start to their morning.

    Tim Chester takes it a step further by saying that sharing a meal with someone is an opportunity to share grace and to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. If you take a look at pretty much any story in the New Testament, chances are Jesus is at a meal, getting ready to be at a meal, or feeding people. Obviously, Jesus believed it's a pretty powerful way to share your faith and love for someone.

Just some food for thought...

1 comment on ".a shared table."

  1. Love this post. Good food for thought :) just found your blog through a friend! Cute! Hope to get to know ya better.