Reading: Luke 22: 14-23
The experience could have been an episode of the TV series, "Seinfeld." Several young adults, going into a restaurant, and lobbying the hostess to sit us at the "big table." At this particular restaurant, they had a huge table in the bar area and we thought it would be fun to sit at it. When we had arranged meeting for this meal, there were about eight of us planning to attend. We told the hostess that we had eight people coming. We also lobbied to be seated at the "big table." She said if we had eight people she could sit us there, but if we had less than that, she had to keep it for larger parties.
So, we got to sit at the big table. It turns out there were only five of us there and the hostess got upset at us that we did not have eight. Nevertheless, we still got to eat at the big table.
God has a big table, too. It is the communion table. All over the world, Christians break bread together and share the body and blood of Christ. They remember what Jesus did for us on the cross. The next time you partake of the elements, remember all those fellow Christians who are "sitting at the big table" with you. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Discuss with others or meditate on this poem.
Why God Made Friends (Author Unknown)
God made the world with a heartful of love,
Then He looked down from heaven above,
And saw that we all needed a helping hand,
Someone to share with, who'll understand.
He made special people to see us through
The glad times and the sad times, too;
A person on whom we can always depend,
Someone we call a friend.
God made friends so we'll carry a part
Of his perfect love in all our hearts.
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