Breakfast with Jesus

Denise Vredevoogd

Read: John 21:9-14 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. (v. 9) A common writing prompt or party conversation starter is the question, “If you could have dinner with a famous person, who would you choose?” In today’s passage, the disciples get to eat with none other than their teacher, who had died three days earlier. Thanks to Jesus’ advice, they had just hauled in a …

An Eye-Opening Blessing

Denise Vredevoogd

Read: Luke 24:13-35 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. (vv. 30-31) Did you grow up in a home where mealtimes were preceded by prayer or by “saying grace”? If so, you may have experienced a variety of reactions: possibly frustration as an uncle droned on while the potatoes got cold, or impatience while each sibling took …

The Best Piece of Bread

Denise Vredevoogd

Read: John 13:18-30 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” (v. 26) In the King James Bible, the word “sop” is used in this verse, which means a small piece of bread dipped in broth. In Middle Eastern culture, the host would offer the sop to a guest of honor during a meal to show preference and respect. Imagine eating a meal with close friends with the awareness …

Preparing for Passover

Denise Vredevoogd

Read: Mark 14:12-16 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready. (v. 15) Preparing a Seder meal, an important part of the Jewish commemoration of Passover, requires multiple steps and attention to symbolic details. Each item holds significance, from the unleavened bread to bitter herbs to roasted egg and lamb, pointing to the Israelites’ deliverance from bondage. God connected their daily human need for food to ways they could remember his presence and provision. In today’s …

Still Serving

Denise Vredevoogd

Read: John 12:1-7 So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. (v. 2) When I was young, my parents sometimes invited friends for coffee and dessert on Sunday evenings. They usually ate from lap trays in the living room, so I folded napkins to fit on the serving trays and neatly arranged a cup, saucer, fork, and spoon on each one. Then I’d cut and plate the …

So Many Distractions

Denise Vredevoogd

Read: Luke 10:38-42 But Martha was distracted with much serving. (v. 40) I’ve often become overwhelmed with the details of planning and preparing food. Even though I enjoy hosting, there are many decisions to make and I have a tendency to overcomplicate the menu or do more than is necessary. Sometimes I’m so absorbed with “much serving,” I neglect to think about the very people I’m cooking for. Martha accuses Jesus of not caring about her, but the opposite is …