Yesterday, we celebrated Thanksgiving. My mother-in-law and father-in-law were gracious to have us on the day I was in town for speaking.
With one oven, timing is difficult. Switching the rolls with the roasting pan. Sliding the marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes to the side, making sure they had time to bubble and brown.
Aroma of turkey with its brown gravy filled the room. Oh, I was hungry. Up at 4am with a small breakfast and coffee to get me through church, my stomach twisted searching for sustenance.
I wasn’t the only one calling the sweet potatoes done. Half of our crew was already gathered around the table, and yes I was one of two urging my mother-in-law to take the yummy dish out. The rising cloud of marshmallow told me they were done, or at least done enough.
The rest of the family filled in. Seven adults gathered. No matter what had been said or yelled in the past, we sat together. No matter the tears that had fallen in years past, as they will do in families, we sat together. The turkey and trimmings were great, but we would have gathered no matter what the food was.
There is peace when you focus on the present. The given moment. You cannot possibly be anywhere else because you are here.
His supernatural peace washes over His people when they huddle close and eat …
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows (Psalm 23:5)
There is always an unseen enemy lurking. We are not to fear. He blesses those who pull up a seat.
In the parable of the Great Banquet when none of the invited made a commitment to sit down to the feast, the master tells his servant to go outside and tell the country folk to come in so the house will be full.
Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God (Luke 14:15).
What an amazing God we serve. He invites us all the time to come close, be in communion with Him. What a brilliant and creative way to make us understand through the metaphor of sitting at His table and eating food with Him.
May you receive His peace and blessing as you draw near to Him in your gathering for Thanksgiving.
Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love (Song of Songs 2:4).
Welcome to all, new and familiar readers! Thank you for gathering here for a sacred pause at His table.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Feel free to start a conversation here. If you need prayer, please email me at email@example.com
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A new poem, “A Colonial Thanksgiving” at https://faithhopeandpoetry.blog
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Have a beauty-full day.