One of my most cherished passages of Scripture is from Acts 2. Jesus had just ascended back to heaven and the Apostles were following Jesus’ last command and the Church was growing.
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe[d] came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Last night, as I sat in a leader’s training, the first thing the speaker said is that “Relationships are the most important part of our lives.” This passage kept floating around in my head and filtering down to my heart. (Side Note: I may have gotten a tad bit giddy when he spoke of mirror neurons and how relationships can transform us.)
I cherish the community we have, and the people we’ve had in our home over the years, sharing meals and our lives with. Must be hundreds, maybe thousands of meals together! When I think of all of those meals together, I get excited about heaven. It will be one great big fantastic feast with so many we love and people from everywhere we’ve never met! We get to practice now, building relationships, being present in people’s lives, breaking bread, serving on another, growing together, suffering together, celebrating together.
It is always a delight and a joy to share meals with others, and as they say in Texas “Y’all come back now, ya hear?”