They feast on the abundance of Your house; You give them drink from Your river of delights. Psalm 36:8
As a child, the most exciting Christmas event other than Santa, was the trip to Grandmother’s house. Passing through her back screen door as she joyfully greeted seven exuberant children has been unmatched as an adult. The smell of dinner still floods me with warm memories. The pies and cakes that sat on her washer and dryer and other available surfaces on the back porch were the first hint of the feast to follow. The dining room tables were set with her finest china, crystal, and silver. We would hold hands around the kitchen table to say a prayer of thanks to God for his Son and for another safe and healthy year.
We would wind our way around the table, stove, and counters filling our plates with fresh vegetables, condiments, turkey, roast, and ham. Grandmother went table to table serving the best homemade yeast rolls I have ever had – anywhere! She prepared these feasts alone before finally acceding to being eighty and allowing everyone to bring a dish.
Years later as I prepared my first Christmas dinner with tired feet, and aching back, and a less than joyful state of mind, I was able to marvel at her energy and excitement relevant to so much work for her loved ones. She reveled in our love for her and our appreciation for Christmas at her house.
Christ has prepared a bountiful table for all of us. He beckons us with open arms and more love than we can imagine. He asks only that we love Him in return and willingly partake of his bounty. Special people in our lives provide wonderful examples of Christ ’s love. Christmas is a time to remember and to be thankful for a loving heavenly Father and for those who have provided so lovingly for our well-being.
Father, thank You that we have family in every sense: heavenly, earthly, human, and a Christian church family through your Son whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. Amen
Debbie Downing has been a member since 1983. She and Dennis are parents to Emily Ervin and Jeff Downing. They have 5 grandchildren. Debbie is a co-director in the A1 nursery. She has worked in SMILE, Mission Friends, VBS, VIP program, 3 & 4-year-old Sunday School, and served on the Nominating Committee.