“When was the last time you . . .”
When was last time you had a meal at the table with your spouse/children? As we approach the summer months, many are on the go enjoying the warm weather. Being on the go may mean more meals away from home. This week, I want to encourage you to have as many meals as possible with your family at the table.
The table is an anointed place to sit and have meals with the ones you love. The first table was created for the Tabernacle in Biblical times. All of the measurements were given in Exodus 25:23-30. The table was there for the priests to gather together to eat the Bread of the Presence in God’s presence. “And you shall set the showbread on the table before Me always.” (Exodus 25:30)
Perhaps if we could see the table as a place to bring our families and to sit in God’s presence, we would be more intentional about bringing our marriages, families and friends to the table. On the other hand, this is why the enemy tries to keep families away from having meals at the table. He does not want us to come into the presence of God. He knows the power of God’s presence and that there are so many benefits to coming to the table. Just to name a few; there is love, joy, healing, wisdom and restoration in His presence.
When I think about a table, here is what comes to my mind: T = Time together to talk to God (through prayer), thanking Him for our food and asking for a blessing over whatever we have to eat. Talking to our family members/friends.
A = Anointed by God to bless families and relationships. Also, accessories such as; table decorations, flowers, placemats, a candle and dishes that help to make the table attractive.
B – Breaking bread together and building stronger relations. Bonding takes place each time that families come to the table. It is also, a good idea to read and discuss Bible verses at the table.
L = Listening and Love should be at the table. Listen to find out what is on the heart and mind of your loved ones. Research says that children who have regular meals at the table perform better academically and emotionally. More importantly, Our Lord Jesus the Christ’s wants to meet us a the table.
E = Eating and looking into the the Eyes of your loved ones. It doesn’t matter if it’s a home cooked meal or a store bought meal, eating at the table together is a blessing. If you are single, you are not alone, Jesus will dine with you. Giving each other eye contact while eating allows you to see what you wouldn’t ordinarily see.
Jesus wants to meet us with his presence at the table. Prepare a meal and gather your family around the table as often as you can.
Until next week . . .