What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word table? Do you think of a place where people gather to talk and eat food? Or do you think of a place to display art or dishes or work on projects?
Maybe the word table doesn’t hold much meaning for you or has memories you don’t want to think about. I’m sure we all would have various thoughts to share if we were to get together and talk about it.
When we homeschooled, the table was a place for the kids to work on their lessons. We also used it to make art whether coloring or drawing or painting, etc.
My grandchildren still enjoy drawing and cutting and pasting on our table, as you can see in the picture below from a few years ago.
I have memories of our extended family eating together at the home of my parents at holiday times. We talked about various issues, sometimes sitting around long after the meal was finished.
And when our girls were all living at home, we had lots of discussions around the table during and after the meal. Nowadays we mostly don’t all eat together as schedules are so different, but it is a treat when we are able to do that. We seldom are able to get the whole family together as there are so many of us now.
Welcome to the Table
But what I think of most when I hear the word table is of welcome.
I love to welcome people around our table whether they be friends or family or even people we don’t know very well. Often it’s a perfect way to get to know people better and make lasting friendships.
I recall one family we met in a church we began attending about a year after moving into our log home. We had seven kids (though some were already adults at the time). They had six with another one on the way. You may think there was a lot of chaos with so many together in one house, but we made some lasting friendships that night.
It gives me joy to have grandchildren around and make special breakfasts together. We often make pancakes with chocolate chips, cherries, whipped cream and real maple syrup. I love to cook meals that I know my family will like, though I don’t do it as often as I used to.
Also, the word table reminded me of a song called Come To The Table, written by Michael Card. I hope you enjoy this version sung by Michael Card and John Michael Talbot on their album, “Brother to Brother.”
Jesus welcomes us to His table to find forgiveness, joy and peace. I pray that if you have not found this peace, you will consider His invitation to come. Come find rest for your souls.
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
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