Wednesday before Easter I was oblivious as to what we would do after church for dinner as I knew I wanted our Easter meal to be celebratory. The big ham purchased was an overkill for just Jon, Cayley and I so we decided to invite those we knew were without family here in Austin to join us plus trust that God would do the rest. And He did.
Even on Sunday morning while at church I asked God to direct me to individuals or couples alone and without any plans adding five extra guest
Over 20 people gather for a truly enjoyable Easter dinner and lovely day. It was fun to see how God connected each of us. Fun conversations were had.
“Eating, and hospitality in general, is a communion, and any meal worth attending by yourself is improved by the multiples of those with whom it is shared.”
― Jesse Browner
Denomination did not matter as there were folks that attend various churches and others that were agonistic. We were joined by dear friends, new friends, college students, single moms, expecting moms, and even a one-day acquaintance. A UT student was going door to door on Saturday collecting information for her thesis paper on Urban Community Planning and while talking I asked her if she had any Easter plans. She replied she’d be spending the day studying alone as her family was in Dallas. :-) So I shared what we were doing and suggested she joined us and she did. In the end new friendships were made.
Jesus said in Luke 14:12b–13, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”