Take It With You 02.07.2016
Building Strong Families
Over the holidays we visited old friends who just remodeled a 100
year-old farmhouse. All the flooring, appliances and furnishings
were restored and designed for a comfortable, family-friendly feel.
At the center of the kitchen-dining-family room was a large table,
unquestionably the heart of that family’s home. At one end of the
table, a glittery craft project lay unfinished, the dog’s leash was tossed
across one of the chairs, and the afternoon mail was stacked neatly on
the other end. The jetsam and flotsam of everyday living.
I was reminded again that the table is often the center of family life.
Sharing meals, working on homework, reading devotions, having the
uncomfortable discussions as well as the joyful ones…this is what we
do as a family. We gather, share, fellowship and then we go forth on
Today’s Scripture paints a picture of the family of believers sharing
life, often around a common table. Those early believers went to
the temple to pray and worship, then went to one another’s homes
for fellowship, much as we do today. It’s tempting to forego family
mealtime when schedules are rushed and life pulls at us from many
directions, but even with a packed calendar we can take time for our
families at the table. Frozen pizza and even Pop Tarts just taste better
when shared over laughter and stories of the day. Family time at the
table is crucial to children of all ages, and shared mealtime can be
transformational. Gather at your table to be fed, body and spirit.
We read in Acts 2:46, “They broke bread in their homes and ate
together with glad and sincere hearts.” How can we begin building
stronger families? Just pull up a chair to the table.
– Shari Finkler