Dearest readers,

It’s hard to believe it’s been 2 years since the table was set in this quiet space.

In the midst of the flurry of fall and working on other projects, I forgot that November is GraceTable’s birthday month! In fact, it didn’t even occur to me until one of our host writers made mention of it in our private Facebook group. Sigh. 

This month marks the 2 year anniversary of this space. GraceTable is 2! It’s hard for me to believe that 2 years have passed already.

This space really started with one mission–to inspire and encourage us all to love like Jesus loves, to spend ourselves on behalf of others, welcoming them, making space, and giving grace for our neighbors. While I believe that we have done this well, I also fully confess that have much room still to grow. Continually, I pray for you, for us, that we would never stop delving deeper into God’s command to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:39). 

We have settled in here among friends, daily making space for more of you at this table. It feels comfortable and cozy, worn in all the right ways and yet in many ways, this space still feels fresh and new–there are still so many conversations we want to have. We’re still growing up, still adding chairs to this table. Our door is propped perpetually open, and we love it this way. We’re always waiting expectantly for whom or what God plans to send through that door.

In the last two years, He has brought to this table over 68 guest writers (!!), and in the last couple of months, God brought Grace P. Cho through our doors to serve as Managing Editor here at GraceTable. Grace has become a fast friend, and voice of wisdom in all things related to this space. She is literally the answer to two years of praying for God to send someone to assume the role. As I write this, Grace and I are currently working our way through the nearly 100 responses to our open call for writers! 

Your love for this space humbles us, and leaves us deeply grateful.

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It’s an honor to host you here and steward this space. I am continually astounded at the ways God shows up here in the articles, and in the comments, and how His grace always pours out. I can’t wrote this letter without giving a most grateful nod to the host writers here at GraceTable. The hosts here give out of what they don’t have. Like the widow and her two mites, our writers have very little in their hands, because they LIVE GraceTable in real life, pouring themselves out everywhere, opening their doors and hearts to not only their families, but in their real-life communities, places of work, ministries and in their various circles online. And then they come here to GraceTable, and offer whatever they’ve got. It’s amazing. And it’s a gift. And somehow, God makes it enough. Without the writing team, this space would not exist.

And you, sweet reader, you keep showing up. You keep coming here and loving us well, making space for us and inviting us into your inboxes and homes and we’re better for meeting you here at this table. You inspire and encourage us to keep sharing our imperfect stories of learning to love like Jesus.

Thank you for your grace as we continue to grow. We have big dreams for the days ahead! We look forward to continuing to grow with you. We eagerly await the next project, theme, and conversation and invitation.

To celebrate our birthday, we have a couple of giveaways planned for this month, starting with today’s “Thank you for reading bundle”. We can’t thank you enough for how you have welcomed us over the last 24 months. YOU are a gift, friends. 

With deepest gratitude,

Kris (Founder, Executive Editor: GraceTable.org)

 

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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.

  • Laura

    Thank you for the continual encouragement to leave room at the table. And thank you for the giveaway. Looking forward to more years to come of sharing this space, lives, and food, and always, Jesus.

    November 7th, 2016 8:36
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  • Beth D

    Hi there! I love all your ways to remind me about simple hospitality and simple love for others. It reminds me that I’m enough the way that God made me and I love others from this place instead of a Pinterest-perfect IG worthy place (although I like both of these resources 😃). Thank you!!!!💕💕💕

    November 7th, 2016 8:38
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  • Amber Taube
    http://ambertaube.com

    Happy birthday to one of my favorite blogs. I only stumbled on this blog 6 months ago, but I keep coming back. Each post has been a blessing!

    November 7th, 2016 8:54
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  • Kitty Dulgar

    I love how you encourage hospitality no matter how small what you have to offer is!

    November 7th, 2016 9:11
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    • C Allyn

      This blog and it’s numerous writers, contributors have been a lifeline for me.
      The book club, my first ever was something I needed and came at just the right time.
      I appreciate all the hard work that comes this way from all the busy ladies.

      November 7th, 2016 9:18
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  • Kristin S
    http://www.kristinwithani.wordpress.com

    I love this space!

    November 7th, 2016 9:27
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  • Michele Morin
    http://michelemorin.wordpress.com

    Happy birthday! So encouraged by this welcoming space and inspiring writers.

    November 7th, 2016 9:31
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  • Briana
    http://Www.judahupdate.blogspot.com

    I noticed that you already had an open call for writers. Is this something you do regularly. If so, do you know when your next call for writers will be? I am interested.

    November 7th, 2016 9:42
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  • Vickie

    Great blog! Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations on two years!!!

    November 7th, 2016 9:56
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  • Michele J

    I’m not sure what else I’d like to see here! I’m always thrilled to be introduced to new (to me) writers and love the recipes. Thank you for your continued efforts at growing the faith of others!

    November 7th, 2016 9:56
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  • Corena Hall

    I am from India where love was extended through open hospitality with sharing of food. I often think of the way Jesus lived. He met needs. Gave without end to the end. His God head He gave as He assumed human form, His life’s work He gave building things out of wood, His power He gave as He healed the blind and the lame, His love He gave as He prayed and fasted, His mercy He gave as He forgave us until the end…” It is finished,” He said in that old rugged Cross, as He gave His life for me.
    To live Jesus is to extend Him, hospitality to those who need it and want it. Thank you for your hospitality at Gracetable. Your words resonate His kindness. May the hospitality you give bless you many times over.

    November 7th, 2016 9:57
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  • Pam

    What I love about Grace Table is how the welcome mat is always out. I love the recipes and the encouragement to serve right where I am. I am always interested in how others decorate and invite people into their homes even when it’s not the “dream home”.

    November 7th, 2016 10:32
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  • Danielle Jones
    Danielle Jones
    http://www.danielleayersjones.com

    I love the great writing here, Kris and team! I wouldn’t change anything!

    Great giveaway too.

    November 7th, 2016 10:48
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  • Sophia

    I love the posts but would love if all of the recipes that are talked about would be provided! Happy Birthday! Blessings!

    November 7th, 2016 11:15
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  • Andrea ( aka rokinrev) Stoeckel

    Happy Blogaversary! Two years. That’s a lot of writing. We are blessed to have you. Thank you ( from a fairly new subscriber)

    November 7th, 2016 11:27
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  • Barbara Levich

    Thank you for your continual encouragement toward hospitality.. Much appreciated!

    November 7th, 2016 11:47
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  • Cori

    Happy Birthday! I’m not a natural at hospitality, but the stories here show me how and challenge me to be aware of opportunities for hospitality. More of the same, please. 🙂

    November 7th, 2016 11:52
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  • Traci@tracesoffaith
    http://www.tracesoffaith.com

    I have loved this blog from the beginning! Happy birthday. My favorite thing is your photographs. They are second to none. My favorite articles are the simple ones about friends, family and strangers gathering around a table.

    November 7th, 2016 11:59
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  • Jasmine Ryan
    http://divineorchestration.com

    Honestly, my favorite thing about Grace Table is the extended, seemingly endless metaphor inherent to this space! We are pulling up chairs, eating the Bread of Life, having thirst quenched by the Living Water, being fed with the Word, and constantly coming back to the level ground that is The Table. Oh, and definitely NOT keeping our elbows off either! I have no doubt that God loves metaphors as much as I do (ie Jesus’ entire ministry), which leaves no doubt that He will continue to show up in this space for two more years, and many many more!

    November 7th, 2016 12:16
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  • Susan Mulder
    http://www.susanmulder.WordPress.com

    Grace Table is a space where I find soul nourishment (and the occasional great recipe!) on a regular basis. I am so grateful to have found you and look forward to all the great stuff to come! Happy, gloriously happy birthday to you!🎉🎂

    November 7th, 2016 12:51
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  • Nancy Wolfe
    https://livingcenter.me

    Your sweet voice and the other voices you share make coming back to the table a pleasure. Thank you Kris for being open and selfless.

    November 7th, 2016 13:58
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  • Rachel

    I enjoy the lovely reflections written here and look forward to many more. Happy birthday!

    November 7th, 2016 15:30
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  • Lynn D. Morrissey

    Kris! and all you Grace Table hosts and lovers of Jesus! Congratulations on one of the loveliest places on the Net that I have visited. With each beautiful post, you invite readers to a virtual feast of grace. I’m so happy whenever I pull up a chair to fine-dine! I’ve shared on FB, Twitter, and by E-M. All my best as you continue to share the grace!
    Love
    Lynn

    November 7th, 2016 20:17
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  • Theresa
    http://www.theresaboedeker.com/

    Happy Birthday Grace Table. This is one of my favorite blogs to read in the evening.

    November 7th, 2016 23:01
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  • Leah Adams
    http://www.leahadams.org

    Happy birthday, Grace Table. What a beautiful, welcoming place this is! Thank you for the warm hospitality that you offer.

    November 8th, 2016 3:58
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  • CarolSue

    Your blog is a blessing!

    November 8th, 2016 6:09
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  • SimplyDarlene
    SimplyDarlene
    http://www.simplydarlene.com

    Congrats to all the folks who’ve written (and read) in this corner of the interWebs. I’ve been reading since the get-go, and I treasure the sharing of practical, the reminding of truth, and widening of hearts.

    May God bless you all as you shine His light.

    November 8th, 2016 9:18
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  • Katrina

    I love all the stories and recipes and beautiful photos and musings and poems and words and GRACE that flow from the pens (or are tapped out on keyboards) from the contributors. Such beautiful richness that arrives in my inbox 🙂 Thank you.

    November 9th, 2016 9:30
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