The Best Thanksgiving Dinner

DSCN0046Thanksgiving.  We arrive hungry and leave full.  If all goes perfect, we sit down with family around a table beautifully set and a meal lovingly prepared.  And hopefully, for a moment, cares and sorrows and disputes are set aside.  Empty plates and full bowls sit before us.  Grace is said.  And we dig in.  Delighting the host or hostess who has sacrificed for this special moment, we partake ravenously.  And rapturously.

As good as this gets, there is yet a better table.  Where people pull up from all walks of life.  Yellow and brown.  Weary and worn.  Cares and sorrows and disputes are cast aside, along with fears, and mistakes, and pretending, and pain, and labors of every kind.  Here, the Lord says grace.  Over you.  Here, the Son washes feet.  Breaks bread for broken people.  Serves up… himself.  To give you peace, forgiveness, a second chance, another helping of mercy.  This is the table of abundant love.  Won’t you sit and stay awhile?  Delight your Host and partake ravenously.  Rapturously.

“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?  Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.  Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live.  I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love…”  Isaiah 55:2-3 NIV

 

8 thoughts on “The Best Thanksgiving Dinner”

  1. Wonderful post; reminds me of Grandma’s Thanksgiving table! Thanking the Lord for His gift of abundant, undeserved Grace in my life…

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    1. There is no doubt Grandma’s table made an impression on me Aunt Connie. As a young girl I was awestruck by it. I think my experience there has given me an appreciation for the table of the Lord as well as a desire to see people sit there and be awestruck by the offering.

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    1. Thank you mom, for raising me to fellowship with Jesus at this table, to hear that knock on the door, to let him in, to sup with him… This is your legacy in my life! And as far as earthly tables go- yours is my favorite.

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  2. A “love” option needs to be added beside the “like” one…just sayin’ …you proved you don’t need a lot of words to have a big impact on someone…keep encouraging…xo

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  3. One of the reasons that I joined the Episcopal Church is that the first one I attended in Cincinnati welcomed everyone to the table. Sitting at the table with Christ, with everyone under the sun – such a powerful image to me!

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    1. Yes! And one day we will physically sit down at His table with people from all nations… Beautiful! (You went to Africa to make that a reality my friend, thank you.)

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