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Thursday, April 02, 2015

I'm a relatively new parent, and as such I've been thinking with my wife about what patterns of family life we'll have together. Among others, one important part of being a family is how we'll eat together. There's ample research and opinions on the importance of what goes on at mealtimes for the well-being of children, parents and families. I'm no psychologist, dietician or expert parent, but I'm certain that although healthy conversation, manners and nutritious choices are all great norms to have around meals, the most important thing we can do at mealtime is ... eat.

Paul sums up Jesus' institution of this holy meal by saying, "As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." Theology—that is why, how, who, where, when and understanding what—we eat, is for proclamation, that is, Christ himself, received in the bread and wine, for you. Eat up!

Nourishing Lord, let us eat and drink at your table, that we might be filled with Christ. Amen.

Trey Daum
Pastor, Springdale Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Master of Divinity , 2012

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NRSV)

23 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread,
24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
25 In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

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