Pleasure and pleasure, a pageant and a vacation: household reunions

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November 27, 2019

Joy and joy, a festival and a holiday: family reunions

Festive occasions are a time for us to combine the love of the New Testament with the generous hospitality of the Old Testament. Job's sons alternated with their entire family, which included three sisters in addition to the seven brothers (1: 4-5). Nehemiah announced: "There were one hundred and fifty at my table" (5:17). And think of Gaius Titius Justus, who housed not only Paul, but also the whole Church (Romans 16:23)!

Those who possess the Spirit of God through faith receive "spiritual fruit", the first being love and the second joy. This is particularly evident on those days during the Christian year that are marked by large festivals. Maintaining our joy in the midst of extensive preparations can be a challenge for everyone.

Large family reunions are really "investments," which is actually a military term that means "complete siege." Nobody knew this better than a 19th century English woman named Isabella Beeton. As the wife of a publisher, she wrote a widely used book on housekeeping. In it, she said: “Like an army commander. . . it is the same with the mistress of a house. "

The return on expenditure for time, energy and resources is placed in the memory bank of everyone present. The gift of saying “remember when” depends on what is being done “now”. It may also be helpful for you to consider the words of Leo Tolstoy's resurrection character, Prince Nekhlyudov, who said, "Let everyone be themselves and we will all be one." Isn't that the feeling in Proverbs 17: 1: "It is better to have a dry piece of silence than a house full of parties with quarrels"?

This was certainly the feeling of Paul, since he consistently taught sensitivity to the habits of others. And on a much easier side, think of all the wonderful leftovers! Calvin Trillin once said, “The most remarkable thing about my mother is that she only served leftovers for thirty years. The original food was never found. "

One final thought comes from the Roman philosopher Epicetus from the first century AD: “Remember that you should behave like a festival in life.” What could that mean for us? On days of special blessings, we are particularly offered: “When you have eaten and are full and have built beautiful houses and live in them. . . you shall think of the Lord your God, because he gives you the strength to attain wealth so that he can make his covenant, which he swore to your fathers, as it is today ”(Deuteronomy 8:12, 18 ).

The crown of the house is piety

The beauty of the house is order

The fame of the house is hospitality

The blessing of the house is contentment

(Henry Van Dyke, 1852-1933)

Come to the table. Copyright © 2008 Benita Long. (Thomas Nelson). Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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