Friday, April 2, 2010

Sharing Our Bread

As we celebrate the victory of our Risen Lord this weekend, many of us will have the privilege of sharing a table with loved ones and strangers. In our homes or our churches or our neighborhoods, we are presented with the delightful opportunity to extend His love to each other as we break bread together.

Acts 2:42 tells us that the early Church "devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, and to the fellowship, and to the breaking of bread and to prayer."

And Henri Nouwen discloses why this is such a beautiful gift to give to each other:

"The table is one of the most intimate places in our lives. It is there that we give ourselves to one another. When we say, 'Take some more, let me serve you another plate, let me pour you another glass, don't be shy, enjoy it,' we say a lot more than our words express.

We invite our friends to become part of our lives.

We want them to be nurtured by the same food and drink that nurture us.

We desire communion.

That is why a refusal to eat and drink what a host offers is so offensive. It feels like a rejection of an invitation to intimacy.

Strange as it may sound, the table is the place where we want to become food for one another. Every breakfast, lunch, or dinner can become a time of growing communion with one another."


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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...


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