Friday, November 27, 2015

Five Minute Friday: Table

dwell thanksgiving table!

Friday 27 November: Table at Kate Motaung's place. For FMF we write unedited for five minutes. However, I type rather than hand-write these, so I always make sure auto-correct read my mind accurately.

For everyone born, a place at the table
For everyone born, clean water and bread
A shelter, a space, a safe place for growing
For everyone born, a star overhead

And God will delight
When we are creators of justice and joy.
Yes, God will delight
When we are creators of justice,
Justice and joy.

by Shirley Erena Murray

The eschatological feast of the Eucharistic Welcome Table is our sacramental icon of the fullness of the time of salvation when all creation is healthy and whole, everyone has sufficient food (adequate shelter that also enables safe sleeping, clean water, breathable air). At least a couple of times I've quoted Walter Brueggemann's observation justice is important, but food is necessary. Basic human needs also include community—how telling there is no such thing as a solitary celebration of Holy Communion! We're talking nourishing physical bodies with the bounty of creation – and maybe you know the explanation that the Lord's Supper requires all four elements of air, water, earth, and fire? – and also meeting that ultra-basic, truly foundational need of human community to nourish our hearts and our spirits.

I took my featured photograph on Thanksgiving Eve when I helped prepare Thanksgiving Day dinner at one of the churches I've been attending since relocating to current city. It just happened that on Thanksgiving Day I sat at that exact table! Despite being full of gratitude and astonishment at the welcome that church and their pastor have offered me, amazed thankfulness this year I could invite people to a place at the table of thanksgiving dinner for the first time in over a decade, every now and then I sensed throughout my entire being an undercurrent of memories of times of rude exclusion, of not being welcomed, of being un-welcomed a few times, too.

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4 comments:

Tara Ulrich said...

I love this. I noticed the napkins in your picture because we used those exact same napkins yesterday.

river song said...

thanks for visiting... and liking, too! I probably need to write a couple minutes longer and explain two of my housemates attended worship and went to dinner with me and they loved everything about everything. Those napkins are fabulous; I love that they have a turkey on each of the four sections!

Kadie @ 12 twenty8 said...

How awesome! Glad you felt welcome and accepted! Sounds like it was a wonderful time!

Kirstin said...

I relocated this year too but have not found a church yet. How important a congregation is in giving us a sense of community and a feeling of inclusion. I am so glad you have had such a wonderful reception!