This year, my Thanksgiving dinner will look a little different than in years previous. Hampered by COVID-19 and taking necessary precautions, this year’s dinner will be limited to a small group of immediate family and close friends. I suspect it will be the same for you. And, unfortunately, still yet some will be dealing with the loss of a loved one during this time. This year will go down in the annals of history as one like few others.
One of the joys of the dinner is in the many preparations necessary to ensure our guests are comfortable and feel at home. The late-night cooking, enjoying the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, catching the games. The friendly banter of friends and family not seen in a while, and the introduction of new members to our family. But what I love the most of this day, is serving my family and friends. It is my small way of thanking them for their love and support. However, this year, there will be room at our table.
Jesus too experienced this feeling of joy as He served His friends at the Last Supper. First the bread, then the cup, but ultimately the foreshadowing of His great sacrifice. In Luke 22:24-30, Jesus explains that the greatest of all is he who serves. And for those who serve in this life, as He demonstrated in His own ministry, He would have room at His table! “But I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
So, as you look at those empty chairs at your table this year, remember Christ has made room for you. And there will always be room for those who serve Him and His people at His table.
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