Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Candle Indoors
"...Come you indoors, come home: your fading fire
Mend first and vital candle in close heart’s vault."

One of my favorite fictional characters said, "Where there’s life, there’s a mess," so with this truth in mind, consider this list about dinner time as an inspiration. I’ve used it to look for the truths behind the goals described. Maybe I’m serving leftovers late after retrieving children from practice ran long, or offering spoonfuls of applesauce to a coughing toddler – I can push the stuff away from the center of the table and light a candle just the same knowing that placing that flickering light at the center of the table helps me to put "blissful back" into life.
Here’s the list:
1. Begin dinner preparations in the morning.
Even if you’re planning to make pancakes, if you decide in the morning, you’re prepared come what may.2. Use the freshest ingredients possible.
3. Blend together cravings, favorites and established guidelines for nourishing foods.
4. Involve all the senses.
5. Set the table with beauty, restoration,
the best nourishment and communion in mind.
6. If you are late for any reason with preparing dinner... set the table first! It is a promise.
7. Make every effort to eat together each evening.
8. Give thanks.
9. Cultivate the practice of speaking kind words and truthful ideas at the table. Give everyone a turn to talk.
10. Dinner can be a family ceremony – a celebration of family membership, a time of ministry and revelation, a closing of the day, a hushed and reverent prayer, a bright and glorious nourishment to body and soul.

... more thoughts on the topics to follow.

Copyright 2009 by Loris Nebbia

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