Come and have breakfast.

Did you know that we rarely eat together anymore? I read one article from The Atlantic that said the average American eats one in every five meals in the car, one in four eats at least one fast food meal every single day, and the majority of families report eating a single meal together less than five days a week. Another statistic I saw repeated frequently is that of all eating occasions (meals, snacks) 46% of adults eat alone.

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” John 21:12

Jesus not only frequently shared meals with people, on this occasion, after his resurrection, he cooked breakfast on the beach with his disciples. Eating together was important to Jesus. Perhaps it ought to be important to us.

Leonard Sweet writes, “The story of Christianity takes shape around tables, as people face one another as equals, telling stories, sharing memories, enjoying food with one another.”

For the disciples to learn the story of the risen Christ, Jesus had them eat a meal together.

Maybe the problem with our contentious society today is that everyone is eating alone.

Tomorrow we gather at 9:00 and 10:30 am to share stories, probably tell a few jokes, sing, pray and eat. It’s good. And, it’s just as Jesus told us to do. But more than just us gathering to do this, he says invite someone along – because it’s not good to eat alone.

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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