Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Eggs and Toast Like Bread and Wine



I listened today to a podcast of Carrie Newcomer being interviewed by Krista Tippet on "On Being." In one of her songs, "Betty's Diner," there's a line I love, "eggs and toast like bread and wine." It's in the chorus:
Here we are all in one place
The wants and wounds of the human race
Despair and hope sit face to face
When you come in from the cold
Let her fill your cup with something kind
Eggs and toast like bread and wine
She’s heard it all so she don’t mind
Back in the days of discussions and arguments in church circles about women in office, I had a dream that stuck with me. In the dream I was serving dinner at my home to a bunch of church friends and I said (well, yelled) at one man, "Don't you know that every time I serve food to you, I'm serving communion?!"

I was thinking we should call our potlucks "Holy Potlucks." What do you think? I've been kind of fascinated lately by the idea of eating together being holy. It keeps coming up. I wrote about Richard Mouw talking about the family meal in his book about Abraham Kuyper, as one way to prepare children for citizenship. It came up the other day in a meeting when someone said that he felt that sharing food was a good way to build community. The need to sit and eat together seems to come up fairly often now.

Good food for thought. Har har.

1 comment:

  1. In the Middle East where the Church was born, eating together meant you could not be enemies. Acts 2 says of believers: "They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts." Paul rebuked Peter for eating only with Jews and not Gentiles (in Galatians). In Galatians 3: "There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Gordon Fee said that the most radical thing about Christians was that slaves and free people, men and women, Jews and Gentiles all ate at the same table. That was a bold proclamation of equality. Romans would not eat with their slaves. Jews would not eat with Gentiles. But Christians at all together no matter who they were. Finally, the book of Jude (which is rather obscure) makes reference to "love feasts" of the church, which could mean communion or a communal meal. LysJK

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