When was the last time you invited someone to join your family? Over a meal so much is shared, food breaks down barriers and draws others closer. Our family considers others with their allergies and dietary restrictions. Many times guests are surprised and joyful about our consideration of their family.
Doesn't it make our hearts glad when we eat a meal with a friend? It can be friends we see on a regular basis, but what a blessing it is to invite someone we normally may not consider and take the time to get to know them? Maybe it is sharing a meal with a widow, orphan or college student away from home?
When the Bible talks about "breaking bread" it is referring to more than just communion. It also means eating a meal. God did not intend for us to "gobble" our food down, or eat it on the run to something more important. Jesus used meals to teach and build relationships. We rejoice in building relationships with others and food is a wonderful instrument!
"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." Acts 2:42
"Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.” Matthew 26:26-29
I encourage you to invite someone new to a meal and let me know how the conversation and fellowship was :) Maybe it is a neighbor, another homeschool family, a work acquaintance? I enjoy a good story and seeing people make new friendships!!!
"And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts," Acts 2:46
This Thanksgiving consider opening your hearts and your homes :) We do not like to see others spending holidays alone, keep being a blessing as you are a blessing to our family. Thank you for being a part of my blog, your fellowship on our field trips and for your friendship. Blessed Thanksgiving wishes to your family from ours!!!