Monday, August 10, 2009

around this table

On Friday my Sweet Man and I went to see Julie & Julia.
What a great movie! Nora Ephron at her very best! Oh my, I cannot rave enough about this movie. It was adorable, funny, bittersweet, lovely to look at, great soundtrack, wonderful acting. The whole kit & caboodle.
I think from the time the music started I didn't have a dry eye again the rest of the night.

Something about people searching for and finding themselves and their joy in unexpected places always makes my heart so very happy...

And the whole food thing didn't hurt either.
Anytime a movie has to do with food it immediately catches my eye. It is a storyline I feel very connected to.

Something about sharing meals has always had a special meaning for me. Part of it is of course because I love food - good, good food - so very much, but more than that, I think it is the community you find around food that I am drawn to. Around the preparation and sharing of food.

Most of my favorite childhood memories involve people I love and the meals we shared, the cooking we did together, the "special occasion" restaurants we visited.

Now each Sunday I find myself gathered around another table.
Most Sunday's I prepare and help serve Communion at our church.
I gather all the elements and set the table. Then, when the moment comes I join with another pastor to serve this little meal to our community.

Surprisingly to me this part of the service has become my favorite. I think it is because something joyful seems to happen as I lean in to offer the cup to each person, smiling, whispering words of hello or blessing.

I think a lot of the joy I find in this small act has a lot to do with the words that I speak each week as we break the bread & pour the cup... Words that come from a Mennonite Songbook called Sing the Journey that I posted here back in the spring.

... for around this table you will find your family,...where the broken are molded into beloved community.

We are all broken. It is a true part of life, but sometimes, through some sort of Grace, we do find ourselves gathered around tables where we find family - sometimes unexpectedly - and sometimes we can even feel ourselves being bound together over bread and wine, hamburgers and fries, tacos and margaritas, into a beloved - though not perfect - community.

I think that is why we keep cooking, keep baking, keep eating, keep serving, keep trying. No matter what life we are living, we can always come back to the table.


  1. That was so beautifully said!!!! You are an inspiration!

  2. We really enjoyed Julie & Julia, too. You made some insightful connections to Communion here.

  3. Wow! What an absolutely LOVELY post!!! A true Blessing this Monday!
    Thank you!

  4. Just saw it yesterday--wonderful, inspiring! And the power of the blog!

  5. Awesome, Awesome!! I CANNOT wait to see it!

  6. Completely lovely post! I am so excited to see the movie. Did your husband like it, too?

  7. OH!, I'm sooo happy to hear good things about this movie. I was hoping it would turn positive reactions.

    Great post! : )

  8. Yes, her husband loved it! But her husband is also a Julia Child devotee and had read both of the source books. Good stuff though! Dinner afterward was pretty special too. Miss J and I were like Paul and Julia in their corner booth in Paris.

  9. Beautiful....just beautiful. :)

    Can't wait to go see the movie!!

  10. What a beautiful post, Jeru. I can't wait to see the movie. Did you read the book, too?

  11. Just started reading your blog. My only complaint about "Julie and Julia"--it wasn't long enough. I wanted more, more, more. Went with three friends. We had a long, leisurely lunch at a really good Chicago restaurant in honor of Julia before heading to the theater. Debated on popcorn with lots of butter but, in the end, decided it would not be the proper homage!


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