Go, eat your bread with joy,
And drink your wine with a merry heart;
For God has already accepted your works. Ecclesiastes 9.7
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)
“The fellowship of the table has a festive quality. It is a constantly recurring reminder in the midst of everyday work of God’s resting after His work, of the Sabbath as the meaning and goal of the week and its toil. Our life is not only travail and labor, it is also refreshment and joy in the goodness of the Lord. We labor, but God nourishes and sustains us. And this is reason for celebrating.”
I find during our meals much to celebrate of God’s goodness, not only in what we are learning from Him, or how He has helped and strengthened and provided for us during the day, but even in noting the different tastes, textures, temperatures, and colors of the food we eat. I am blessed with a wife who has the mind of Christ, and not just in cuisine and cooking. Every meal provides a litany for praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. For believers, every meal can provoke mutual encouragement and rejoicing, even if all we do is comment on the glories hidden in the food of which we partake (Prov. 25.2). Let your meals remind you that the goodness of the Lord attends us constantly, even in the food now growing in some field somewhere, that you will share with believing friends before long.
Think ahead to the meals you’ll have this day. What can you do to make them more a time of celebration in the Lord?
T. M. Moore
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Sharing a Meal with Believers
- T.M. Moore
- January 5, 2017
Every meal can be a litany for praise.
Go, eat your bread with joy,
T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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