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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

Joining the Commune

communion-519578__180An older gentleman came into the room, opened a small container, passed crackers and juice to an older woman, and then left. I was reading to the group of elderly people when the interruption occurred. Lillie is a shut-in at the assisted living facility and someone from her church occasionally brings her communion sacraments.

Another woman commented that it was weird. You never know what people at the old folks home are going to say. And yet, to me, it was odd. Because the communion sacraments should be taken in community, in true communion.

The following Sunday as I took the body and blood, I also sent a couple of text messages. Perhaps that is weird, too. I sent one to my sister-in-law several states away to tell her that we were taking communion and that I was thinking of her and love her. The other message was to a friend from my own church who was at urgent care with a raging, painful infection. I wanted her to know that she was in my thoughts and prayers.

Yes, communion was instituted by Christ to remember his sacrifice. It is a time to remember him and reflect on his great love for all of humanity. But it is also an event that we share with people all over the world. The same day you take communion, so do brothers and sisters in Australia, China, Nicaragua, and Canada. At the same time you are thanking Jesus for his sacrifice, so are Christians in Syria, Pakistan, North Vietnam, and Togo.

All over the world we remember Christ’s sacrifice, and we remember that we are not in this alone. God adopted all of us into his family. And every Sunday is a family reunion with a feast of immeasurable proportions.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day,attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47