Room at the Table

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today’s prompt is “Table” Write for five minutes; unedited.

Wednesday morning, I sat in big comfy chairs with my dear friend Chris as we caught up on life and enjoyed a hot beverage; coffee for her; a peppermint bark latte for me at our fave coffee shop. I love these moments as we gather around a table together. The table may not always be visible but it’s always there.

Last night, after worship, we gathered downstairs around tables and indulged in some pie. It was so fun to sit and visit and give thanks for this community of faith. I love that every week we gather around the holy table.

Today, many of us gathered with friends and family around tables filled with turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and tons of dessert. Now some of my family is sitting watching football while others are sitting around the table chatting about life etc.

The table is one of my fave places to gather. It is lonely to gather there by myself, but the more people who gather around my table the better. I love what Shauna Niequest says in her book “Bread and Wine.” The book is all about table fellowship and community!

At seminary, we would gather around the table and keep pulling up chairs so more and more people could sit at one table together. It’s one of my fave memories from seminary. There was always always more room at the table.

I picture all of you; knocking on my door, and continually adding more chairs to my table. There is always enough room. There is always room at the table! And I would be delighted to pull up a chair for each and every one of you!

26 thoughts on “Room at the Table

  1. Your last paragraph reminded me of the verse in Revelation 3:20 – Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

    I know you aren't like the church in Laodicea, but more like the one in Philadelphia, so verse 8 of chapter 3 also applies. 8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.


  2. tara, what a reminder of all the wonderful conversations over the years when i was encouraged or able to encourage another over a cup of something or bite of something good:) the gift of hospitality needs some revival doesn't it?

  3. Beautiful thoughts on having fellowship together! Yes, Tara, wouldn't it be fun to have a huge table to gather round all the FMF crew? And just think about the gathering to come in heaven where there's plenty of room at the table for all. Blessings 🙂 x

  4. Green Bean Casserole! I love that one, and haven't enjoyed it for quite a long time. Thanks especially for your invitation to all of us; I so hope everyone can gather around your table soon! Thanks!

  5. I would love to sit at your table with you, Tara! I'm pretty sure you would make the perfect hostess. BTW I spend a lot of time alone at my table…it's where I do my Bible study.
    ~#52 this week

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