I Like to See You Eat

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My grandparents farmed in Tennessee for sixty years. Even after retirement they continued to live the farming meal schedule of a huge breakfast way before daylight, a smaller lunch, and then a large dinner. My grandmother was a great cook, especially for breakfast. So, even when we intended to enjoy restful vacation visits, we arose early each morning to eat breakfast too because we didn’t want to miss it and it was always worth it. 

Breakfast included country ham (salt-cured), scrambled eggs, homemade biscuits, red-eye gravy, homemade blackberry jelly, and strong coffee. Red-eye gravy will clog your arteries, but it will also change your life. It always seemed like my grandmother loved to prepare those breakfast feasts just for us. In fact, one of her regular responses to our breakfast compliments was, “I like to see you eat.”

Jesus as our host invites us to the Communion Table as his guests. He is saying to us, “I have prepared this feast for you. Come eat and drink. This act of communion is a picture of my body broken and blood spilled for you. Remembering me at the table can offer healing for your hurts, it can provide hope when life seems hopeless, it can encourage reconciliation when relationships have been broken, and it can give rest when you are flat worn-out from the struggles of life. So, I (Jesus) am inviting you here because I like to see you eat.”

According to the riches of his glory we’ll be strengthened with power in our inner being through his Spirit, and Christ will dwell in our hearts through faith. We will be firmly rooted and established in love, and we’ll be able to comprehend the length, width, height, and depth of God’s love. We will know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God. And we will receive far beyond all we need, could ask for, or imagine (Eph 3:16-20). Once we grasp that magnitude of what our table host has prepared for us, we won’t want to miss it and it will always be worth it.

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