He continued, "Go home and prepare a feast, holiday food and drink; and share it with those who don't have anything: This day is holy to God. Don't feel bad. The joy of God is your strength!" Nehemiah 8:10 (MSG)
This past Sunday morning, my whole family was in worship together. It was an awesome hour. The music was great, the message was about sabbath, and we got to share in small groups. We met a wonderful lady and her mother who just moved to our community. After the service, we all went back to the house for Sunday dinner. Wendy and I had prepared to have a special Sunday meal together. We'd thrown a roast in the crock pot and baked potatoes in the oven. We gathered around the table, opened a bottle of wine, and feasted. As we ate, the kids all shared about their experience on a mission to Chicago the previous week. We learned about the people they met and the things God taught them.
It was a great day.
As I read the chapter in Nehemiah today, I thought back to this past Sunday. The people gathered together to hear God's Message read to them and taught to them. They worshiped hard. Then, they feasted in joy with their families and others in need whom they had invited. I like that pattern. We used to do a lot more of that when I was a kid. Worship together, then feast together.
I think we will intentionally do it more often.