Meals… what is it with hospitality and eating together? Taking the time…

We are beginning as a Sunday evening gathering, to wonder together “Why we do what we Do…” (Intro here)

This Sunday night we will ask the question, “Why do we share a meal together?”

I guess I feel like I should be asking the question why places and groups that call themselves community DON’T eat together. As I was looking back over the Biblical story, I couldn’t really find a command that said, “Thou shalt eat meals together when you gather as a community.” Maybe it’s just that gathering together for a meal was simply a given. I think of the Earlier Testament where Abraham and so many more almost automatically seek to feed and provide for those who visit their homes. It was an honor thing… you give someone a meal when they are in your home.

The Newer Testament seems to shout even louder of the notion of eating together. Jesus used parables and stories so many times about throwing banquets, who is invited, and what it is like when we celebrate the kingdom of God here and now (even later, as he prepares a place for us… I can only think food is included!). He invited himself over to people’s houses for dinner all the time. Zacchaeus, especially was effected when Jesus said, “Hey, man, I’m having dinner at YOUR house!” And he ate with everyone… even the ones who disagreed with him most.

But what about communities? What about gathering times that some would call church… and others would fight to avoid calling church? Why do we eat together? I think it really comes down to honoring each other, serving each, and taking the time to settle in together. I know for me, nothing makes me feel more special than to know someone put in hours of work to make something that I am enjoying… immensely. And when I am cooking for someone else… there is not much that gives me more delight than to see people smile and say, “This is DELICIOUS!” Sharing meals together have become a very sacred thing for our community and I wonder what other people will add to my strong affirmation.

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3 thoughts on “Meals… what is it with hospitality and eating together? Taking the time…”

  1. After breathing, and water, food is the essences of life. We can live for a minute without air, a few days or so without water and a month without food. It is about giving life to others, sharing our gifts of God, being generous with the life giving things that come from God. While it is also fun to have people enjoy what we prepare for others to eat, it is even more about giving life to others because all are deserving of the life provided by the good earth and by
    God.
    So, we give freely to others to show our oneness and our love for others.

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  2. Bob,
    Really good point. Indeed, there is something so essential (when we look at it symbolically, or on a deeper level, as you point out) to giving food | life. I’m definitely looking forward to our discussion on this one.
    Have fun in Vegas,
    NAte

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