Posted by: Susan Gaddis | July 2, 2009

To Balance a Feast

IMG_0138Unless there is contrast, everything is gray. In order to enjoy a feast on Sabbath, we need to eat simply the rest of the week.

Unfortunately, simple eating is not the American way. We want our food right away and we want lots of it. The gift of feasting is made gray by our undisciplined desires.

“We eat ourselves stuffed daily. There’s nothing to anticipate, nothing to make us stand back, astonished and thankful. ‘Without a fast,’ Dorothy Bass writes, ‘it’s hard to recognize a feast….’ And when we see anything as a birthright, it ceases to be a gift…. At any rate, one of the disciplines of Sabbath-keeping for our age is to practice a deeper frugality the other six days.” —Mark Buchanan in The Rest of God, Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath

A Sabbath feast, be it simple beans set amidst good conversation or a steak dinner, is a foretaste of the wedding supper of the Lamb. We might call it the wedding rehearsal for eternity future. Each week His bride sets aside a day to intentionally practice a proper celebration of her upcoming wedding to Jesus, her Bridegroom.

Therefore, feasting is a part of our personal Sabbath celebration. However, eating simply during the week is a spiritual practice we are still learning. It is not easy! Especially with three young men still at home who open the refrigerator door and stare into its depths judging all the veggies and other low carb fare with the cry, “There is nothing to eat in this house!”

The challenge is before us: to balance our feasting with six days of simple eating so that our Sabbath celebration is no longer gray but brilliant white.

Susan

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