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This is the time of year that seems to center on family — and food.
Every few days, it seems, there are gatherings with friends, coworkers and family members close and extended.
As a result, I find myself constantly asking, “What should I cook?”
For me, it’s certainly true that smells trigger memories faster than other senses. Pecan pie reminds me of my grandmother. Stuffing with sage reminds me of my mom. I could go on and on.
It seems like we pull out all the stops when it comes to cooking and baking during the holidays. We don’t even consider having people over for a simple meal of soup and grilled cheese. It has to be the full spread!
But what kind of unnecessary pressure are we putting on ourselves?
In “Come and Eat: A Celebration of Love and Grace Around the Everyday Table,” Bri McKoy helps us stop and think about what a holy place a table is.
McKoy, who works for Compassion International and regularly shares wisdom and recipes at food blog OurSavoryLife.com, reminds readers that it does not matter who is sitting around the table or what they are eating. What matters is that eating together is a time when people can connect, open up to one another and invite Christ into their midst.
The book is an easy read and includes recipes and tips for conversation starters and opening up your home to others. It reminds me that it doesn’t matter how clean my home is or what I’m serving. What matters is that I’m inviting others to share a meal and their lives.
For anyone who is hungry and craving more connection with others, more opportunities to serve and more ways to live out God’s kingdom, “Come and Eat” offers gentle nudges to get started while reminding us that fellowship in God’s love is always the most remembered, most cherished nourishment.
Shiloh Jones is a social worker in Denver, where her husband, Josh, serves as youth minister for the University Church of Christ.
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