Now Let’s Eat

Here we sit as evening falls
Like old horses in their stalls.
Thank you, Father, that you bless
Us with food and an address
And the comfort of your hand
In this great and blessed land.
Look around at each dear face,
Keep each one in your good grace.
We think of those who went before,
And wish we could have loved them more.
Grant to us a cheerful heart,
Knowing we must soon depart
To that far land to be with them.
And now let’s eat. Praise God. Amen.
~Gary Johnson “Table Grace”

The world begins at a kitchen table. No Matter what, we must eat to live.

The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on.

We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teethe at the corners. They scrape their knees under it.

It is here that children are given instructions on what it means to be human. We make men at it, we make women.

At this table we gossip, recall enemies and the ghosts of lovers.

Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms around our children. They laugh with us at our poor falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back together once again at the table.

This table has been a house in the rain, an umbrella in the sun.

We have given birth on this table, and have prepared our parents for burial here.

Wars have begun and ended at this table. It is a place to hide in the shadow of terror. A place to celebrate the terrible victory.

At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow. We pray of suffering and remorse. We give thanks.

Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.
~Joy Harjo “Perhaps the World Ends Here”

Our life revolves around the table, whether at home or at church.

This is where we hang out late into the evening,
and begin the day before dawn.

This is where prayers happen,
the meals happen,
the arguments happen.
This is where we listen to, understand and love each other.

This is where we share what we have and eat and are fed and
this is where God provides for us daily.

One of the hardest parts of the pandemic
is that the virus finds people who sing and talk together around a table,
and who take off their masks to eat together.
Truly this Enemy has found a way to keep people away from one another,
caring for one another and being nourished together.

We think of those who went before
and wish that we could have loved them more.

Let us love one another now, while we can, when we can,
and we shall feast together later.

Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.

Amen and Amen.

5 thoughts on “Now Let’s Eat

  1. I love this! My mom’s world revolved around her kitchen table. She was more comfortable at the kitchen table than on the sofa. So many great memories created! Also the blessing is very fitting for today. I was reading that on this day in Maine in 1607 was what some New Englanders consider to be the real first Thanksgiving!

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  2. Going through many pictures these last 3 years, I have concluded my favorite pictures are of those with family and friends sitting around the kitchen table. The kitchen was filled with good food and conversation. As I write this, tears well up with emotion.
    My mother was a good cook and she enjoyed inviting peole for a good home cooked meal. Nothing fancy. Just a good meat and potato kind of meal.
    The pictures of all the people gathered around the tables in probably your church hall remind me of many good carry in meals shared with my community of faith.
    I used to have breakfast or lunch with several friends. Not now. I haven’t eaten in a restaurant since the virus arrived…now almost 7 months of living at a distance from all of humanity. So sad. So ready to have this come to an end. Wouldn’t it be nice to go maskless, wearing a smile for all to see and giving a hug and talking and laughing and singing in each others space. How I wish!?!

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  3. We must continue to do what we can every day to reduce, and hopefully eliminate, social anomie, a term I have little difficulty recalling because it’s as poisonous as sea anemones can be. A great challenge today but so well-met in today’s Barnstorming! “While we can, when we can…”

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