A feast to the eyes, a joy to share, a good gift from Above: Food.
Isn't it amazing all that happens around food? It is wonderful to consider all the goodness that comes when we feast together around the table and share God's goodness, God's bounty, His mercy to us as we come together and share a meal.
I want to give thanks today to my God for our family and for all our friends (old and new) who have opened their homes, their kitchen to us; for each family that has welcomed ours around their table. Thank you!
Coffee and fruit, and blueberry coffee cake; zucchini bread early in the morning and fresh hand picked cherries, burgers and ice-cream and homemade pizzas. My mom's best dishes, and my sister's best pic-nic food. All good, all a gift, each one a joy to share!
And we bow our heads each time, and hold hands and give thanks to our God who gives, and gives, and gives... because there is simply no other way to fully enjoy a meal but with a grateful heart. We give thanks to Him three times a day around the table not because of an empty custom, but because our hearts overflow with thanksgiving. Every meal is a gift, and every meal reminds us that one day, we will feast around a table in Heaven with Him and with all the saints who have gone before us.
Next time you look for a new recipe and prepare a dish for your family, for your friends; next time you set the table, do it with a joyful heart, remembering that every time we come to the table, we come to feast, to celebrate God's goodness and His never-ending mercies toward us; let us do it pretty, delicious, and joyfully.
Let us bow down, hold hands, give thanks and feast!
An Address to God before a Meal.
O Lord our God, in thee we live, and move, and have our being, and from thee receive all supports and comforts of our being: Thou spreadest our table and fillest our cup and comfortest us with the gifts of thy bounty from day to day. We own our dependence upon thee and our obligations to thee, pardon our sins we pray thee; sanctify thy good creatures to our use, and give us grace to receive them soberly and thankfully, and to eat and drink not to ourselves, but to thy glory, through Jesus Christ our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen.
An Address to God after a Meal.
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with his benefits and gives us all things richly to enjoy, though we serve him but poorly. O Lord, we thank thee for present refreshments in the use of thy good creatures, and for thy love to our souls in Jesus Christ, which sweetens all. We pray thee pardon our sins, go on to do us good, provide for the poor that are destitute of daily food, fit us for thy whole will, and be our God and guide and portion for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
From Matthew Henry's A Method for Prayer
May your home be a place for feasting!
All pictures in this post were taken by my daughter.