“When the girl returned, some hours later, she carried a tray, with a cup of fragrant tea steaming on it; and a plate piled up with very hot buttered toast, cut thick, very brown on both sides, with the butter running through the holes in it in great golden drops, like honey from the honeycomb. The smell of that buttered toast simply talked to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cosy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one’s ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender, of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries.”
– Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
Toad understood something important about food: it communicates to us, at a very basic level,
the goodness of the world we live in.
At Grace, we love to eat.
Of course every week we celebrate communion, which is a preview of the banquet–read “amazing party”–which Scripture describes when Christ returns to reclaim all of creation and bring his justice, joy and beauty to bear on all of created reality.
But in the meantime there are other feasts which are also portents of that future celebration; and are also wonderful times of fellowship, community and enjoyment of the good gifts God has made for us. Whether its a home-cooked meal at Shirley’s dining table before a Bible study, brunch or lunch together in the fellowship hall, or just enjoying some Quatro’s in a community group, food is a major part of our experience because God made it as a way of using our senses to show us His goodness. Come feast with us!