A table in the presence…

iStock_000055974854_SmallTo find God, every now and then, I go against the grain.

One example is food. Modern culture does not have time to cook so Deborah and I make a point of not only cooking but having people over for dinner. To add to the mix, we have as many and types of people as we can. Friends and soon-to-be-friends, Christians and non-Christians, white, tan, black, or blue it does not matter – we have decided to set a table for everyone. We want you, whoever you are, to have dinner with us.

It is changing us.

Our guests in our home have at times been very different from whom we are. In some cases they do not worship as we do, honor different values, and know different experiences that come from a different heritage. Even their food tastes can be different. To be honest, however, we see God moving in each. Around our table we have learned how God is working to reach us all.

If you have a dining room table our advice would be this – use your table the same way. And, invite us! (serious first point, not serious second)

Over the last few days and weeks I have been disheartened by the lack of understanding which comes from those who are embroiled by conflict. Whether the Yazidis in Iraq, the people of  Ferguson, or those reacting to the recent Supreme Court decision – I have been amazed by my own ability and the ability of others to judge those they do not know. Have dinner together and get to know someone, and you just might make a different call.

My lesson has been this – the heart of the Christian gospel is not a book or an altar, but a table. It has always beens so.

iStock_000004215076_SmallThe Psalm reminds us;

You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies. – Psalm 23:5

Jesus reminds us when he said;

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” – Luke 19:5

Jesus ate, and did so with those remarkably unlike Him as if to say – I have a place for you.

What if you were to do the same? For Deborah and me, it has not been easy. The coordination of calendars, effort to keep the house presentable, and not to mention the food itself from one point of view is a hassle. On the other hand, it might be the entry into the Kingdom of God. Every time we hear Jesus say, Eat this bread, and Drink this cup, we receive an invitation to His table. Maybe He was not only inviting us, but asking us to do the same?

 

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One Response to “A table in the presence…”

  1. Craig June 30, 2015 at 8:26 am #

    I agree whole heartedly. I think hospitality is dying in our culture and we are not better for it. What better way to love our neighbors than to cook dinner for them and open our homes.

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