Thursday, November 26, 2015

Room at the Table

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "Table" Write for five minutes; unedited.

Wednesday morning, I sat in big comfy chairs with my dear friend Chris as we caught up on life and enjoyed a hot beverage; coffee for her; a peppermint bark latte for me at our fave coffee shop. I love these moments as we gather around a table together. The table may not always be visible but it's always there.

Last night, after worship, we gathered downstairs around tables and indulged in some pie. It was so fun to sit and visit and give thanks for this community of faith. I love that every week we gather around the holy table.

Today, many of us gathered with friends and family around tables filled with turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and tons of dessert. Now some of my family is sitting watching football while others are sitting around the table chatting about life etc.

The table is one of my fave places to gather. It is lonely to gather there by myself, but the more people who gather around my table the better. I love what Shauna Niequest says in her book "Bread and Wine." The book is all about table fellowship and community!

At seminary, we would gather around the table and keep pulling up chairs so more and more people could sit at one table together. It's one of my fave memories from seminary. There was always always more room at the table.

I picture all of you; knocking on my door, and continually adding more chairs to my table. There is always enough room. There is always room at the table! And I would be delighted to pull up a chair for each and every one of you!

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  1. Yes it would! We LOVE to have people gather at our table too. One of our favorite family activities.

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    1. I love that love to have people gather at your table too!

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  2. Your last paragraph reminded me of the verse in Revelation 3:20 - Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

    I know you aren't like the church in Laodicea, but more like the one in Philadelphia, so verse 8 of chapter 3 also applies. 8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

    Hugs,
    Melinda

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    1. I am indeed not like the church in Laodicea but more like the one in Philadelphia! :) Hugs to you too friend!

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  3. Love this!,

    Visiting from fmf parked at number six this week!

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  4. OK, if I sit on the floor? Sitting in a chair kind of hurts...on the floor I can stretch my legs out. Better that way.

    #7at FMF this week.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2015/11/your-dying-spouse-88-tabula-rasa-fmf.html

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    1. Andrew, yes, you can always sit on my floor so you can stretch your legs.

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  5. Love this! I love welcoming people to my table and now that I have a new family, I found that we love to gather around the table. Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank You! Happy Thanksgiving to you too. Hope it was a great day spent with friends and family.

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  6. tara, what a reminder of all the wonderful conversations over the years when i was encouraged or able to encourage another over a cup of something or bite of something good:) the gift of hospitality needs some revival doesn't it?

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    1. Thanks Martha! Yes, the gift of hospitality really does need a revival. Have you read Shauna Niequest's book "Bread and Wine?" It is all about hospitality!

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  7. Beautiful thoughts on having fellowship together! Yes, Tara, wouldn't it be fun to have a huge table to gather round all the FMF crew? And just think about the gathering to come in heaven where there's plenty of room at the table for all. Blessings :) x

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    1. Yes, Joy, it would be so wonderful to have a huge table for all the FMF crew to gather around. Oh what a gathering there will be in heaven. Blessings to you too!

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  8. This is lovely, Tara. Gathering round a table is often the place where great conversations happen, and I love the thought that there is always room for more at the table!

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  9. Green Bean Casserole! I love that one, and haven't enjoyed it for quite a long time. Thanks especially for your invitation to all of us; I so hope everyone can gather around your table soon! Thanks!

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    1. Green Bean Casserole is one of my faves too! I hope everyone can gather around my table soon too!

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  10. Beautifully stated!

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  11. Love your line: "There is always enough room." Let us never forget that, never fail to see Jesus in those around us and seek to invite them to the table. Beautiful words.

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  12. What beautiful memories! Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks Kadie! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

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  13. I would love to sit at your table with you, Tara! I'm pretty sure you would make the perfect hostess. BTW I spend a lot of time alone at my table...it's where I do my Bible study.
    Lynette
    ~#52 this week

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    1. Lynette, I would love for you to sit at my table too.

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