They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved. Acts 2:46-47 (TM)
There is nothing better for community than having a good meal together. When I was a child, family dinners were a daily occurrence. The four kids gathered each night around the table once Dad got home. We’d hold hands, Dady would say the Lord’s Prayer, we kids would say a Dutch prayer taught to us by our grandmother, and we’d eat. Then we’d have dessert (mom always had dessert). Of course, as we grew and lives became more complicated, the opportunity for meals together waned.
Today, the four of us struggle to have one family meal together each week. Nevertheless, it’s worth the struggle. Sitting together, holding hands in prayer, and talking about what’s going on in life keeps us connected. We regularly try to make this family meal a celebration. Wendy makes a really nice meal (with dessert!), we get out the fine china, and we use the linen napkins. Every once in a while, this meal turns into a family conversation that is still going on hours after the meal is over. That’s when I feel the pay off for the investment of time and struggle to align everyone’s calendars.
So, what time is supper?