I've always been fascinated that in Acts 2:42, the first followers of Jesus not only devoted themselves to aligning their lives to the teaching of the apostles about Jesus, to koininia (community development) and to prayer, but also to "breaking bread" together or eating together. They did this in a regular larger feast (a party!) and also from house to house. Of course, in this context they celebrated the "Lord's Supper", but they simply shared meals too.
I believe that eating with others is a simple pleasure and joy that God has given to us in this world that creates a special bond of trust and affection between us. There is something intrinsically sacred about gratefully sharing food in the shadow of God's presence. I also see it as a living metaphor of how we are able to "break off" a piece of the life of Christ within us and nourish others by sharing this. And...they can do the same for us. This devotion can help counter the evils that attend lonliness, isolation, fragmentation, separation, rejection, fear, selfishness, busyness, distraction, confusion and depression. Are you "devoted" to sharing meals with others as a way of sharing in the life of Christ? It isn't that hard to do! We need to make it a main priority in our church communities, as the first believers did.
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