A Thanksgiving Dinner in March
I am not a picky eater. Whenever Kristin asks me if I’d rather have quesadillas for lunch or leftover lasagna, my standard reply is “food’s my favorite.” It’s my way of saying that I would be truly happy with either option and don’t have a preference. I am privileged to live in a land where a meal of leftovers would be for many others a grand feast and try to remember that often.
However, though marvelously fed on a regular basis, I still get quite excited for special holiday meals. There is nothing like the delicious aroma that tantalizes your senses when you walk into the house where the feast is being prepared. Rolls fresh out of the oven, a turkey filled with stuffing nearly done, mashed potatoes already on the counter and gravy ready for the boat, and several varieties of pies sitting on the side reminding us all to save room.
The last ingredient of the holiday feast is best of all: A house full of loved ones savoring the blessing of family even as they savor each bite. Without the gathered family, a lavish Thanksgiving meal would feel quite sad and empty, and the purpose would have been missed.
My feelings about food are quite a good picture of our gatherings for worship in song. The worship teams at Evergreen serve us amazingly well week after week and I consistently head home with my soul filled up and a song in my heart. I am well aware that our regular diet of worship music would constitute a very special occasion for many.
But this Friday our worship ministry is preparing a special Thanksgiving-type banquet. It has been in the works for a couple months and they can’t wait to share it with the church family. But like a holiday meal, it can only be wonderful if the family of gathers to enjoy him. So I hope you will join us this Friday night, March 12 at 7pm for Psalms of Hope, a night of worship. You will not leave hungry!