A beautiful piece of literature.
The book starts off explaining the back story of where the table came from, but then it goes deeper into why it's important for our neighborhoods to have a table like this.
I kept coming up with excuses and reasons why I couldn't (EVEN THOUGH I DESPERATELY WANT TO) do this.
We live on a hill - where does the table go?
I have little ones - where do they play? In the street?
My neighbors work nights, move frequently, hardly home?
What if we move soon - is it rude to set people up to let them down?
Does this have to be me a "me" thing or a "family" thing?
Where do we find the money to buy a table?
Seriously, I had every excuse under the sun to not make community a priority.
Here are some little truth bombs or quotes from the book that I love and will use to help me make my excuses into a thing of the past.
* Romans 12:13 - take every opportunity to open your life and home to others. Hospitality.
* I can be an "embassy of the kingdom of heaven"
* WE all need the table. It's community. We need to gather.
* There is a difference between being and doing. "You can tell what people are doing if you take time to notice."
* We are able to love because we were first loved.
* "We are all broken, that's how the light gets in." - Hemingway
* The more vulnerable we are, the longer the table we will need.
* Page 142 "The most beautiful people I know were their imperfection with grace and confidence."
* A HUGE difference between Hospitality and Entertainment. Hospitality is serving, brokenness is welcome, non-judgement, grace, NO to-dos, A HAPPENING. Entertainment is "me" focused, pinterest perfect, judgement of self and event that occurs after a list of to-do's are complete.
* Page 147 "Part of loving others is allowing them to love us too."
* You need to hold the bucket sometimes for someone else, or yourself. Word vomit is a thing.
* The ministry of presence is something worth praying for every day.
* People are hungry, craving for connection and community, a place to belong.
The book had so much more wisdom and experience to share through her own and others stories. This is a great book and I give it 5 stars. A quick great read. If you are wanting to change up your neighborhood, this is a great place to start.
I often feel isolated and alone, so in order to help with not realizing it, I deleted the facebook app off of my phone. I haven't figured out the game plan - other than I don't want to be on there any more; or as much. I find myself wasting time reading articles, looking at pictures, or watching videos that have no regards to improving my life. I can find the news through other means. I can reach out and pray for friends by actually connecting to them.
Documenting the boys and sharing the joy they bring us with family and real friends.
I can still text pictures or even email. I can do a "mass" end of the month "share" of what the kiddos have been up to.
Missing events around the community and social circles.
Personal invites are a thing that we should bring back. Jeremiah is still on facebook and can keep us in the loop. We can also look for things on the weekends.
Reaching out and praying for people
Use other communication.
Feeling isolated and alone.
Interactions that due occur will be genuine and out of true love and interest, verses conveniently scrolling through my life tossing out thumbs up.
Other things I would like to focus on during this free time.... I am going to read Divergent by Veronica Roth (I know, I am a little late to the fad) and who knows, I might be able to read the sequel too.
I would also like to continue to document our joy as a family and focus on each other, gratitude and grace.
My physical health is always of importance; but mental and spiritual health have to be balanced in order to achieve that.
Here's to November of peace, pausing, and true growth. <3