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Home : Feed Your Spirit : Your Life, Better
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5 Ways to Invite God to the Table

In the daily swarm of meetings, projects, little league games, choir rehearsal, school fundraisers and just life in general, it is often difficult to get a meal together, let alone to sit down at the table and eat as a family.  However, these moments at the dinner table are often the best times to shape the faith of your family, celebrate diversity and invite God to dinner…or breakfast…or lunch…

 


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Sing or say a blessing.

Begin your meal by saying thank you to God. It’s a simple way of introducing theological language and faith experiences to even the youngest person at the table.


2
Encourage conversation.

Talk and reflect about the events of the day—close to home and far away.  By observing connections between the day’s events and your faith, you can help children and youth connect their everyday experiences with their personal faith, helping them to see its relevance to their lives.


3
Make room at the table for others.

Neighbors, friends, family, church members can bring a wealth of diverse viewpoints to your dinner table.  Invite them and allow your family to struggle with what it means to be fully committed to your faith tradition and open to those who are different from you.


4
Taste something new.

Your simple Tuesday night dinner can be all the more engaging and exciting (and encouraging of diversity) by adding a new food to the menu. With new tastes and flavors come new opportunities for conversation about the different ways people eat and the different cultures that food comes from.


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Linger at the table.

Just because the meal is over doesn’t mean that conversations and stories have to end.

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