Friday, July 18, 2008

It's In the Dinners

Eating is so much fun! The more I travel and visit new areas, the more I appreciate new tastes and foods. But the more I read the Bible, the more I appreciate how clearly eating reflects our core spiritual values. And there is not better place to see a church's values at work than to see (and participate) a church dinner.
Eating alone, as a couple, and even as a family is one thing. But when you gather a whole bunch of people together to eat, a spiritual chemistry happens. Watch who gets in line first? Watch how the children are cared for. Watch how the youth behave. Observe where people sit, and, most importantly, with whom; old familiar friends or newcomers. Watch and listen to the conversations; are they full of questions inviting people in to participate or loaded with declarative pronouncements or competitive story-telling. Notice who serves and who cleans up. Who leaves first and who stays last?
This summer we have had many meals in many countries with old and new friends. Each one tells a kingdom story.


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