Which Table?

The Table 2017

When I was growing up, sitting around the dining room table and eating meals together was not open for discussion. It is what we did—period, no questions asked. The only excuses to miss a meal during the week were work, baseball games or some sort of school activity. The dining room table was the place where we connected with one another, picked on one another, laughed together and sometimes cried together. There were more times than I can remember that I would come to the table angry with my mom, and leave the table with the relationship restored. That dining room table was my sanctuary…

Jill and I have drifted away from the way I was raised. We have a beautiful dining room table but it is rarely used to share meals together. Please understand, our mealtime is still centered around a table but the dining room table and chairs have been replaced by sitting on the floor around our square glass table. And while I cannot speak for Jill, the table we share is a sacred place where we share life together. That square glass coffee table is where we connect with each other, pick on one another, laugh together and sometimes cry together. And yes, there are times we come to that table angry, hurt or frustrated and more often than not we leave the table with our relationship restored. Now that square glass coffee table is our sanctuary…

I love how Carolyn Steel explains it in her book Hungry City, “Few acts are more expressive of companionship than the shared meal…someone with whom we share food is likely to be our friend, or well on the way to becoming one.” Maybe that is why so much of the action in Luke’s Gospel centers around a table and a meal. Maybe that is why it has been observed that in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus is either going to a meal, at a meal or coming from a meal.

This Sunday (or this morning) as we close our series, we discover we are faced with a choice. We can choose to sit at The Table that excludes “those” people or one that includes them. We can choose to sit at The Table of grace or one of dis-grace. Which Table will First United Methodist Church Missouri City choose? What about you, Which Table?

Breathe Peace,

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