Poison: Easter egg (weak I know)
Favorite things: holidays tomorrow
A solitary life is a lonely one.
It might be less complicated and quiet, but it is a life that is very isolated.
There are many people who confess to me that they are really lonely.
Loneliness is a curse, a disease that has overtaken our society.
Yes we have more access to communication technology but it has isolated us all even more.
When was the last time you sat at a table and had a decent conversation with someone?
Your spouse, your mother, your father or your child.
It saddens me to see people sitting out at a dinner table with mobile phones in hand watching the latest status appear on Facebook, whilst a loved one sits opposite silently waiting attention.
We are so desperately taking photos of moments to repost that we miss the golden opportunities that the camera can’t denote because of distraction.
During the meal, Jesus took and blessed the bread, broke it, and gave it to his disciples: Take, eat. This is my body. Taking the cup and thanking God, he gave it to them: Drink this, all of you. This is my blood, God’s new covenant poured out for many people for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:26-28 MSG)
Today is Maundy Thursday and it is the beginning of our official walk towards Jesus death.
He begun this important season with a farewell dinner, a moment to be savored, he took time to delight in those closest.
How often do you miss opportunities to engage in communication with your family because of social media?
When was the last time you invited someone to your house for dinner?
When was the last time you went technology free?
The disciples had no idea what was about to unfold…they had no idea this meal was their last, but Jesus did.
Treat every meal with your family as though it’s your last and I am sure that you will look back over the years and find a collection of amazing memories and relationships.
Hospitality is not just a idea, it’s actually a very valued spiritual gift. Jesus eats with more people than he prays with, Jesus’ first few miracles involved wine and food. When he came back to visit the disciples the first thing he did was cook fish on the beach.
Food provoked relationship with Christ. He ate with the broken and forgotten, the despised and the rejected, the afflicted and the embarrassed. Food was Christ’s healing balm, an oasis of mercy displayed by sitting and eating and giving of people His time and attention.
Happy Holy (Maundy) Thursday everyone.
Tomorrow is a significant day.
See you on the other side!