The news has been hard to read lately. The suffering and loss, the mounting frustration and anger, the disappointments, grief, outrage and insensitivity–it can feel like a thick blanket smothering you in the middle of a summer scorcher. We are a mix of joy and despair.

It’s hard to breathe under all of this. 

Here at GraceTable, we just completed our first ever summer book club reading of Tim Chester’s A Meal With Jesus. The reading of this book was remarkably timely, as we are looking around more and more and discovering perhaps, that our neighbors are not as easy to love as they used to be, before they shared their political or religious views on Facebook, or before we read their last stream of tweets. Maybe it’s the snarky friend at church who has your heart in knots, or the coworker who just won’t stop doing that thing that makes your palms itch. Maybe it’s your literal neighbor, whose dog regularly leaves his poop by your mailbox. The truth is we are all a little hard to love at times. 

The reality of the struggle to simply LOVE others is a wrestle we face daily. The heart of Tim’s message is that just as Jesus came “eating and drinking” so too ought we practice meals as an opportunity for extending and receiving grace, as a means of engaging in community, as a way to experience hope, to participate in mission, to invite to salvation and remember Christ’s promises to us. Tim calls us to the table, and reminds us that there is room enough at Christ’s table for all of us sinners. 

We only need to accept the invitation. And in that invitation, we can catch our breath and find hope. 

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For the last eight months (Wow!) you all have graciously gathered around this small cyber table and eaten feasts of words that we can only pray have nourished and fed you and led you to remember the true Host.

We have savored every morsel you’ve offered us in return. 

For the month of July, we are going to scoot our chairs away from this table for a bit, and maybe drag them out back and sit beneath the umbrella. Somedays, we might go to the pool, or take a walk. Hopefully, we’ll bump into a few neighbors along the way and share a milkshake and a hot dog. We might use our afternoons to serve at the local soup kitchen, or hang out at the retirement community down the road. We’re wanting to connect in the flesh, and inviting you to do the same. 

This is an invitation to withdraw from this space, from the noise of the endless news cycle, from the steady trickle of distraction–just for a month. 

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We won’t be publishing new posts during July, but have a bang-up quarter ahead when we set the table again for you in August.

We will be active on social media during our little vacation, and invite you to share your posts/instagrams/tweets with us by tagging us @grace_table or using the hashtag #Gracetable. We want to see how you love your neighbors. This is a great time to join us on Instagram.

We love you, friends. You bless our flip-flops off. 

 

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See you August 1!

 

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Kris is a writer and artist living in the middle of Ohio. She loves Jesus, people, and words. She is most often found in her tiny kitchen, where she plays with her food. Having recently mastered the art of preparing perfectly crisp dino-nuggets--she is her children's hero.
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    Leah Adams
    http://www.leahadams.org/

    This has come to be a lovely place for me to stop in. I’ll miss it in July, but look forward to August.

    July 1st, 2015 11:11
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      Kris Camealy
      http://kriscamealy.com/

      We will miss hanging out here too, Leah. But August and the fall will be amazing!! Can’t wait! Thanks for being such a good friend to us here.

      XO

      July 1st, 2015 17:01
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    Pat S.

    Thank you. Can’t wait to connect again in August. Enjoy your break! Love the video!!

    July 1st, 2015 11:32
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      Kris Camealy
      http://kriscamealy.com/

      Thanks for reading Pat. Can’t wait to catch up with you in August! Have a wonderful July.

      July 1st, 2015 17:01
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    Meredith Bernard

    Love this invite and will catch you on IG. Hoping to do more of what you will all be doing this month, too. <3 See you on the flip-side! xo

    July 1st, 2015 14:03
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      Kris Camealy
      http://kriscamealy.com/

      This has been so much fun these last 8 months, I almost hate to step away, but the benefits of rest are such a gift, I look forward to unwrapping them 🙂 So glad you are here, Meredith!!

      July 1st, 2015 17:00
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        Meredith Bernard

        Rest is absolutely necessary!! <3 And you might as well get it while everyone else is. 😉 August will be here before we all know it. I’m enjoying the slow and still life right now, as well…Glad to be here and will look forward to seeing what God has in store for this beautiful place after He restores and refreshes you all. xoxo

        July 1st, 2015 17:46
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    Kathleen Miller

    I have enjoyed this blog so much! I think you are wise to “push away from the table” for a bit. The one thing I don’t see mentioned much is that giving so much of yourself through feeding others and reaching out, can leave us a little depleted emotionally. Especially for those of us who have to work hard at it because of an introverted nature. Whether we are introverts or extroverts though, we al need some time to fill our tanks so we can continue in ministry and relationship. I look forward to more posts in August! Enjoy your time away 🙂

    July 1st, 2015 15:29
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      Kris Camealy
      http://kriscamealy.com/

      Thanks for hanging out with us, Kathleen! We are excited about what is coming next and look forward to meeting you back here in August!! Have a wonderful July!

      July 1st, 2015 16:59
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    Kristin S

    I love this space but love even more that you all know when it’s time for a break. Enjoy!

    July 1st, 2015 17:24
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      Kris Camealy
      http://kriscamealy.com/

      I’m so glad to hear this, Kristin, truly. Your words here are a gift.

      July 7th, 2015 13:43
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    Dawn
    http://www.journeysingrace.com/

    An invitation to withdraw….so wise and filling. I love the image of grace in this. Thank you.

    July 2nd, 2015 13:15
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      Kris Camealy
      http://kriscamealy.com/

      Grateful for you, Dawn. Thank you for being here.

      July 7th, 2015 13:43
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