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Humans have been having meals together for eons.
Humans have shared meals with their family daily; People have shared meals to cement friendship; Leaders have shared meals to strengthen ties with allies. We also share meals to commemorate, denote an event or milestone, honor a guest and or to increase fellowship with like-minded people. People have to eat but that activity has taken on much more than a way to ingest nourishment as I ￼pointed out above. Like many social activities of humans these traditions began somewhere and at some time lost in antiquity yet, I believe its greatest importance is achieved during the meals that are shared within family units. One popular television program on CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System): “The Blue Bloods” a series depicting “The Reagan Clan” a family noted for its service to New York City as police and other public servants.
This article is on the importance of families sharing meals in the United States of America where our cultural foundation was made.
In ancient ktimes I suspect the mealtime was an important time of bonding and sharing even when life demanded all people contribute to the family’s survival. Hunters, gatherers, ￼farmers, workers all surely had a time each day devoted to a shared meal. It seems only in our complex, fast paced modern world has the shared mealtime been in danger of being lost. Moms work, dads work and even extra curriculum school activities and sports have eaten in the time once reserved for family mealtime.
Lunch surely is out, breakfast has been relegated to food that is fast to obtain and made ready to eat if not even obtained and eaten on the run. That leaves the evening meal and with the changes in our culture it is becoming rare for the family to gather at the ￼same time each day in order to share at least the last meal of the day.
I have advocated that we make reestablishing the traditional family unit for the sake of a better society before, and this sharing of at least one meal a day is part of that vision.
As a Christian I believe there is evidence in The Bible for promoting family shared meals. It is a time when parents can instruct their children about right and wrong, guide them to health socializing and strengthening the family ties. I hope I will see a resurgence of the importance of the family unit here in these ￼United States of America be for my time on Earth is through.
What does the Bible say about shared meals?
Excerpts from Holy Scripture:
Acts 2:46 ESV
￼And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
Revelation 3:20 ESV
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
James 2:15-17 ESV
If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Proverbs 25:21 (ESV)
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat,
and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
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