"The particular alchemy of celebration and food, of connecting people and serving what I've made with my own hands, comes together as more than the sum of their parts." Shauna Niequest
|a thankful shout out to the Harpers for letting us borrow their tent!|
"The sharing of food, both actually and symbolically, was a central feature of Jesus' life." N.T. Wright
"When [resurrected Jesus] was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, and broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him..." Luke 24:30-31
We've kicked off our summer supper clubs with a bang. Wednesday night, a group of nine of us gathered in my backyard under the glow of warm light and we broke bread.
We learned that Crystal and Jeff were married on the beach and it is the one day she would choose to live over again. And we discovered her incredible strawberry pie. We learned that if he had to choose, Jeff's last meal would be boiled crawfish. I watched Robyn glow as she talked about her son Jake. We learned about Sarah Margaret who brought fresh herbs from her garden tied with a little ribbon as a hostess gift. We heard an interesting story about Leif's most memorable and favorite gift and Will and Jamie laughed about Jamie's love for top 20 music and quality programming. Will's middle name is Reid- the name they would have used if they had had a boy (they're blessed with three girls) and Jamie wondered if her mother knew her name meant "supplanter." We decided that she is an idea girl and supplanting the status quo or even injustices and evil just might be her thing. I sat and served with Jack, my favorite.
The fellowship shared was as good as Jeff's tuna tartar with wonton chips- beautiful and indeed more than the sum of its parts.
Call, email, text your people and make this happen. The formula is easy: take what you have, give thanks, and share it. Life around the table is worth the effort, a holy bon appetit!