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First at the Table

All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind. ~Khalil Gibran


Thanksgiving feasts are always later than I usually eat. I like lunch about 11:30, but Thanksgiving is always in the afternoon at 1:00 or 2:00. As a child I could never understand how my mother and grandmother got away with that. Weren’t they hungry themselves?

Now, as the cook in the family, I know the answer. You taste everything you make to check the seasonings. When you’re making a feast, you taste a lot. The truth is . . . You’ve been fed before everyone else even makes it to the table.

In Matthew 14, a lot of people are hungry. Picture a crowd at a Black Friday sale . . . at an Apple store . . . where I-Pads and MacBooks are going for . . . Oh, I don’t know . . . Let’s say, FREE. Yeah, now there’s a crowd.

And they’ve been waiting for three days to get in. They haven’t eaten, but they’re not losing their place in line, so they stand there, waiting.

Now you get it? This is one hungry crowd.

Then the store manager shows up with sausage and egg biscuits and passes them first to the employees. Yep. . . .The employees. Because you have to feed the workers before you ever satisfy the crowd.

Jesus took the fishes and bread, gave thanks, and then handed them to his disciples. I’m not sure when Jesus ate, but I’m pretty sure the disciples ate before the crowd.

Sometimes I feel bad spending so much time in prayer and devotional reading. I know not everyone gets the chance to focus on the Word like I do. But really, I’m in the back room assembling biscuits for a hungry crowd. I can attempt to feed everyone else, but I have to eat first. And if it takes me a little longer, maybe say I need some cheese on my sandwich, it’s ok. Because at the end my spirit is full. I have something to feed you with.

Now sally on up to the table. Feed yourself. The feast awaits.

And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. Matthew 14:19-20