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Spoken or Sung Prayers Invite Christ to Every Meal

“Let’s break bread together” can begin desired communion

How important it is to “pause and give thanks” at each and every meal! In the sermon I preached on May 4th, we joined two disciples returning to their home in Emmaus, a 7-mile walk from Jerusalem (Luke 24:13-35). Jesus, as a stranger, joins them and listens as they recount all the things that had happened surrounding his own crucifixion.

When the disciples had come to the end of their journey, Jesus is urged to stay with them. At supper, Jesus takes bread, and after offering a blessing, a grace, he breaks the bread and gives it to the two. At that moment their eyes were opened and they recognized him.

Can that not happen each time we break bread together? Doesn’t our every table grace invite Christ to become visible? Could it not cause our hearts to “burn within” (v. 32) as we remember our blessings and give thanks to Him?
 Breaking Bread
Families find their true center when they pray together at mealtime. Friends bring their spirits together in relationship they desire. And privately, we can slow down and exhale the breath of God that is breathed upon us.

Beloved priest and author Henri Nouwen writes: “The table is one of the most intimate places in our lives. When we say, ‘Take some more, let me serve you another plate, let me pour you another glass, don’t be shy, enjoy it,’ we say a lot more than our words express. We invite our friends to become part of our lives. We want them to be nurtured by the same food and drink that nurture us…The table can be the place where we become food for one another.”

You will find a link on our home page to table graces that can be spoken or sung. Enjoy them. Practice them. Commit them to memory. Just like the Johnny Appleseed one:

Oh, the Lord is good to me
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need
The sun, and the rain, and the apple seed
The Lord is good to me.