“Draw near to me, hear this! From the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there. And now the Lord God has sent me and his spirit.” – Isaiah 48:16
At 13 my mother was ordained. I was new to being a pastor’s kid. I moved from the big 3rd floor bedroom of the big century home to a converted basement storage space in the small ranch home. I was new to a community and school. To boot, I was painfully self-conscious and shy. On the first day in the school cafeteria – a day and time I dreaded – a group was waiting for me. They descended upon me with introductions and invitations. They included me in their community.
I pictured the community of God like this…
For as long as I can remember I have pictured Three at a table dreaming of, shaping and guiding other gatherings in their life-giving likeness.
Jesus left that table so that he could go out to invite others to join him. God in Jesus descended with introductions and invitations. The Holy Spirit continues to extend those invitations through us.
In this season when we celebrate God coming among us in the birth of Jesus who will you invite to your table in his name?
God the Three in One, we gather at our holiday tables in gratitude for the communities in which we find welcome and identity. Help us to remember that there are many who are turned away from tables. Work in us, that having found welcome in you, we will work for reconciliation and inclusion in the name of Jesus all may gather at your Great Kingdom Table. Amen.
Pastor Cara Stultz Costello