Monday, July 18, 2011

How to Set A Table For Always

A table taught me. Tugged me. Challenged me. Tripped me up in a single tear trickling down your face good way.

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.


Divine Mrs D said...

Very beautiful :)

Hezra said...

you are a gifted writer. And with such a lovely message! I have had similar thoughts in my quiet time with the Lord, but they have been jumbled and not fluid at all. Your post has made all my jumbled thoughts flow together. So glad to see other ladies on the same page spiritually. It feels like confirmation that I am on the right track! love and hugs to you today!!

Jennifer @ said...

You had me at pizza. :)

Good message, this. I want to set a table like that.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It will be a blessing to read yours.

As for tables, I have an old ugly table, but I love it just so very much.

So many memories, so many stories, so many blessings realized. Even the fights and tears...I can't part with my ugly, dingy, well worn out of style table.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sara! Love your blog! I'm finding it so important to surround myself in scripture and do exactly what you just described "tattoo it smack dab in the middle of my forehead"! :)
I'm so glad you found your way to my blog so I could come on over to yours for a splash!
God Bless