A legacy table. Set with memories to honor life. All the day. All today. I remember this table and smile. Each item chosen, set before us to share a glimpse of a life full of true feasting.
Pictures of family, smiling wide. Love etched in the reflection of glass. Table cloth spread from a village, a gift most likely given to honor one who went to reach the lost. A freshly delivered pizza, sharing a bit of spunk and zest for life. In the center, a well worn Bible, worn from years of use, spine cracked, leather crinkled. A true legacy.
I pause today. I realize that each day I set my table. A table before my loved ones, my friends, my King. A legacy not with silverware and dishes, but in actions, in deeds, in faith lived out.
We set a table each and every day. My children, a gift to a generation that I will not see, sit next to me, drinking in and feasting at my table. So how, how, how do I set a table for always?
"Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." - Deut. 6:5 - 9
Love Him. Live it. Get it deep down. Share it. Don't keep quiet, speak up, shout it loud. Look for the moments in everyday to talk about the good stuff of God. (sitting at home, driving down the road, sitting at a table) Get your hands dirty doing something with it. Think about it, let it be your focus, like a tattoo smack dab in the middle of your forehead. Share it with your neighbors, that everyone who enters your home will know that life with God is real and good and something they want. Do a little doorframe or blog posting.
I'll be busy setting my table, and looking forward to feasting at yours.