Posts tagged "Thanksgiving"

Finding Our Place

It was just a few weeks before Thanksgiving and we didn’t have a table. Well, technically we did have table. An old one we had bought through Craig’s List that fit the small space in our old house perfectly. It was distressed cream and snuggly seated six. But we’d moved into a blessing: a spacious house that boasted a huge dining room. We were hosting our first Thanksgiving and were...

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Grief, Gratitude, and Turkey Stuffing

Thanksgiving was the first holiday we celebrated after moving to this old red-brick farmhouse in southeastern Pennsylvania. Tomorrow, we will celebrate our fifth Thanksgiving in this place. Is it any wonder I am looking back? Every year, we have roasted a turkey bought from a local Lancaster County farmer. I no longer attempt complicated new recipes because these turkeys are so flavorful. There are many reasons to take good care...

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Finding Your Place At God’s Table When You’re Grieving

It was nearly five months ago that I saw a group of EMTs wheel my grandmother into the back of an ambulance. She hadn't been able to eat much and her body had become weak and frail. She often complained of stomach pains and said nothing tasted like it used to. We seemed so far from the days when I used to watch her standing in front of her seventies...

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Love at the Table

I still remember the first time I met her, emerging from the shadow of her garage to meet us at the car. Her eyes were the same piercing blue as his; or rather, I suppose, his, hers. I think I told her so right then. I don't know if he and I were in love yet but we were headed in that direction; he brought me home to meet his parents, after all. Obviously, something was...

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Preparing The Soul For Celebration

I know enough about myself and about the holidays to know that I am in for one wild, messy, joy-filled, tear-streaked ride. One thing I need, more than anything, is to keep my eyes on the prize. And I so wrote this as a commission to my own soul. I thought maybe your soul could bump bright against it too. This season, may I choose celebration and the joy of...

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How Miss Annie Saved Thanksgiving

Dad sat all five of us down in the living room--including the youngest, who didn't really sit, despite the sober atmosphere in the room.  "Mom's really sick, kids. She has pneumonia. She's gonna get better, but she's going to have to rest. To stay in bed for a few days." He saw the confusion in our faces. Mom never stayed in bed. And this week was Thanksgiving! What about the...

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Meals As Enacted Salvation

Food and rebellion go well together - toddlers who throw the peas or chew then spew their sweet potato bites; teenagers turn up their noses at a prepared meal that includes green stuff, and sometimes even husbands scoot their salad around their dish like so much snow in a wintry driveway. What is your relationship with food? Author Tim Chester reminds us that sin distorts all our relationships, "...including our...

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Practice Hospitality [A Gift For You]

We don't practice hospitality to point other people to ourselves, our church, or even our beliefs. We practice hospitality to point people toward the ultimate welcome that God gives every person through Christ. ~Holly Sprink The day GraceTable launched, we said that we'd saved you a seat. The funny thing is, what it feels like most of the time, is that it's YOU who have saved us a seat. We're...

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When Hospitality Isn’t Big

  This past Thanksgiving day, the skies were clear blue, the trees aflame and the wind chilly in North Carolina. We entered the sterile dining room and spied her sitting with her aide, napkin tucked in her neckline, hair neatly coiffed, but looking a bit tired, a bit confused. She'd barely touched her institutional turkey dinner (I can hardly blame her) and she warily eyed an unimpressive piece of pumpkin pie.  Oh how her eyes lit...

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Thankful

O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, forever and ever. Amen. From the Book of Common...

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