People are longing for a place to belong–a place to be welcome at the table and the turquoise table provides a simple place to love those God has placed right in front of us. ~Kristin Schell
The motto for Lowe’s Home Improvement store is, “Let’s build something together”. We love this for so many reasons, and in their own way, each of the writers here at GraceTable is building something in their real-life communities.
Kristin Schell is building community in her neighborhood, by way of a turquoise table in her front yard. But what started as one woman’s obedience to God’s nudge, has traveled much farther than a Texas front yard.
Turquoise tables can be found in over 25 states, and even in Uganda.
“The Turquoise Table has led to a movement of Front Yard People — a movement of people, just like you and me, who want to create community right where they live.” ~Kristin Schell
This is what God does with obedience. This is one of the ways God blows the roof off of our small, trembling “yes” and takes our small offerings and multiplies the gift. Neighbors are building something together, every time they gather around one of these simple tables.
The very day I put the table out front, someone who needed to get out of the house – a neighbor I’d never met – walked past and stopped to talk. We sat at the table and started a friendship. Next, curious people from across the street stopped by and stayed for a cup of coffee. By week three, both spontaneous and planned gatherings were happening regularly at the turquoise table.
This Thanksgiving, we pray you would open your hearts and doors a little wider, that you’d make room at your table for those who need a place to come and be–just as they are. We pray that God would encourage you, and lead you as you accept His invitation to come and sit beside Him, that you would know that in all things, you are never alone. We pray for bold,willing hearts eager to love, despite fear, willing to hope against the odds, and dream beyond what seems reasonable.
Kristin is generously giving away a Lowe’s Gift Card ($120 value) to ONE of you, so that you might build a place in your front yard to gather with friends and neighbors. We’d love for you to get a picnic table and a can of Nifty Turquoise paint!
We wish you and your families and friends a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving celebration. We give thanks for you, and LOVE that you come daily to this table here.