Give Me the Simple Life: Family Dinners

Suzanne Simple Living

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I’ve been reading a terrific memoir by Eugene Peterson (author of The Message), called The Pastor. Towards the back of the book, he describes a time when his wife, Jan, was asked to speak to a group. Someone asked her if she had any pearls of wisdom for raising children?

Her simple but profound answer: “Have a family meal every evening.”

I loved that!

There’s a lot of things I wished I’d done better as I raised my family, but having family meals was one thing that we did well. Steve worked long hours. Often, we didn’t eat until after seven at night. Not ideal . . . but worth it. I think our happiest memories are around our table.

Eugene Peterson goes on to describe what happens when people sit around a table together:

“Nothing is abstract or in general when you are eating a meal together. You realize, don’t you, that Jesus didn’t drop pearls around Galilee for people as clues to find their way to God or their neighbors. He ate meals with them. And you can do what Jesus did. Every evening take and receive the life of Jesus around your table.”

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What is a pearl of wisdom you used (or use) for raising your children? Share in the comment section below for a chance to win a copy of Amish Values for Your Family! Winner will be announced next Tuesday.


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