It’s not often that my family can get together for a “Sunday dinner”. My sister lives 2,000+ miles away, my dad works evenings and frankly, I am too tired after church service (5 – 6 hours later. Yup.).
Well, my sister is visiting from out-of-town, and she decided to make dinner for the family (yesterday). She desired to have a “sit-down dinner”, which we haven’t had in a while, as a family.
Frankly, a “sit-down” meal doesn’t happen at our house! Normally, my two-year-old runs around the kitchen because he wants to, I stand at the counter trying to swallow my food and chase my son, while the husband is lost in our house. Nice, huh?
This time it was different: my sister set the dinner table with white plates, eating utensils, napkins and wine glasses (for juice or water; we don’t consume alcohol.). The chicken alfredo was ready and we waited on the garlic bread.
After wrestling with the toddler for a bit, we finally got him into his high chair and we sat down at the table. There were six of us. (My dad and brother-in-law were not present as they were both at work. Booo!)
Prior to “digging in”, we prayed and thanked God for our meal and family.
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Psalm 100:4
This is important to us, as a family. We value God, His principles and teachings. And I want my son to understand how important God and family are. God is first, then family.
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Then we served dinner, chatted for a bit and laughed often. It was a nice change.
For some families, it is a challenge to get everyone together for dinner. Even those living under your own roof!
It’s a challenge for my family, as my husband and I arrive home at different times. And it’s not possible to wait so long to have dinner as a family. I need to feed my toddler (when he decides he is hungry).
Also, I attend services on weeknights and that means that we have to eat quickly and go. Off to Bible Study, prayer night or evangelical service, usually three nights in a week, sometimes less. I need to spend time with my family, too. What kind of Christian am I, if I can’t give my family attention?
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” 1 Timothy 5:8
Of course, it doesn’t mean that “sit-down” dinners cannot happen. It is not possible every evening, but I can try to make it happen every Sunday.
Do you have a hard time preparing meals or getting everyone together?
A few things that have worked for me:
- Use a crockpot
- Prepare meals the previous day (cook it when you get home and serve an appetizer while you wait.)
- Cook the meal the morning of and warm it up later
- Take-out! (I’d like to avoid this one.)
- We have dinner at the counter (sometimes)
What has worked for you and your family? I’d love to hear from you.
God bless you & yours,