The Fellowship of Food

washing up

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

One of the wonderful aspects of fostering children was sharing a meal. For quite a few years there were ten of us, serving one another, doing the washing-up on a clip-board rota, and taking it in turns to speak of the ups and downs of our various days. We had children who couldn’t speak English or who couldn’t speak at all. Many were shocked and traumatised through past experiences, and we had to learn to listen to each other. Dinner took ages.

There is just something about relationships formed over food.  It’s personal and real and relevant.  This is what Jesus promises.  He isn’t promising to come in and be a dictator, but to come in and be part of our lives, to connect, to be here.

I find it incredibly moving that Jesus is patiently waiting for fellowship with such as me.

It somehow recalls something I read by John Joseph Powell:  “It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.”

That’s exactly what happens in the fellowship of food. This is where God is truly “Emmanuel,” which means “God with us.” He is serving, receiving, doing the dishes, telling jokes and laughing uproariously at a dreadful pun that I’ve just made up.

And as we open the door to Him, we somehow open the door to each other too. The nearer I draw to Him, the closer I get to you, too.

For this morning’s reflection, here’s an amazing passage on that last point from A.W.Tozer’s The Pursuit of God:

“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”

Lord, today, I desire to hear your voice, to open the door, to clear aside any barrier, and share fellowship with you.


 

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