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you give them drink from your river of delights.
I wondered, what is the real meaning behind that verse? And so began my journey in Luke through the lens of feasting in the gospels.
Recently, I was visiting with a woman about Restore Ministries plans for this year and she asked me how we came up with the idea of “A Feast for Your Soul” for our Women’s Night of Worship and Home Bible Study theme. I told her about my experience and how Sherry and I had spent the summer exploring how we might engage in the "Feast."
I think Jesus believed that celebrating life around the table is one of the greatest ways to share the gospel message and I agree. He loved a good party, He attended a lot of feasts in His ministry! Around the table we tell our stories, build memories, and share our faith journeys.
But we’re in danger of losing the connectedness, community and faith building power of life around the table in our fast food, grab and go culture in America today.
We must let our hunger take us to the Bread of Life.
Sometimes, don’t you feel like you are just living to check off your to do” list. I know I do. It’s so easy to get caught in that trap of just surviving the days, as if that will satisfy. But Jesus offers so much more...He offers us Himself!
We are to drink freely of the water of life, Jesus, the living water for our souls for He alone can satisfy.
The Scriptures are written to exalt and reveal the glory of God, to bring us a revelation of His worth, beauty and excellence that we might bow our hearts in worship of Jesus as our Savior and Lord. As we choose to feast on Jesus as Savior, we learn how to live our lives for His glory, transformed by the power of His Spirit and grace. We have the privilege of exploring the unsearchable riches of Christ. (Ephesians 3:8) As we draw near, we learn the beauty of surrender in the worship of Jesus as His beloved Bride!
This beautiful story of redemption is one that we should read, see, and savor! The stories in Scripture are designed to shape us, if we will only allow ourselves to enter in, use our minds, our imaginations, and our senses to taste, see and smell and feel the stories.
and the hungry soul He fills with good things.
Psalm 107:9 ESV
Our prayer is that as you read along with us, you will feel like you have joined with us in the Feast in your hearts even though you may live far away or cannot attend our monthly “Feast” gatherings. It will be a great joy to savor together the nourishing words of Scripture and in the process we will “taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8
Meanwhile, why not schedule a “feast” in your own home?
- Invite some friends, or neighbors and prepare a meal, set a lovely fall table. It doesn’t have to be fancy to be special.
- Simply choose to savor the beauty of this season and purpose to speak words of love and truth to those who gather with you.
- Engage in life- giving conversations around the table. Serve up His grace. You might be surprised at how enriching feasting on the Word and a delicious meal can be in your own life!
Feasting on Jesus and His abundance in our lives,
Resources: John Piper, John Bloom, Sally Clarkson, Leonard Sweet
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