I wouldn’t consider myself a foodie, but I do believe magic happens around the table. There’s something magical about sitting down with your people and letting the cares of the day run away. There’s something magical about sitting down and hearing your children share the high and low of their day. There’s something magical about filling our bellies and filling our souls to the brim.
A few years ago I read Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist and fell in love with the beauty of breaking bread together over a meal; not fancy, not daily, but as often as I can with the people that I love.
In the Pinterest world that we reside in, I think it’s vital to be reminded that it’s not about how pretty the meal looks for Insta or how easy the recipe was to whip up. Most important is to remember that sharing our table, sharing our home, and sharing our lives are what we are called to do.
Listen to these beautiful words from Bridgetown Church
The table is a very ordinary place. So routine and everyday it is easily overlooked as a place of life changing community. By setting a table and sharing a meal, we provide the context for which people feel loved, where people feel heard; a place where God’s spirit can move. The practice of eating and drinking is central to the Kingdom of God; Jesus ate with the lost, Jesus ate with community, Jesus ate with God.
That’s my prayer, that God use our table to bring others together to feel loved, heard, and ready to go tackle what their days bring them next.
What about you? Do you have a favorite recipe for hosting others over for dinner? What is your family’s go-to meal for hurried weeknights? Do you have any family habits to gather round the table?