Meals That Change Lives

It’s Thanksgiving, and a good time to read this piece by Adam McHugh at Relevant Mag. Here’s a clip, with a question at the bottom:

Some meals can change your life. Every Thanksgiving I find myself reflecting on how significant the act of eating is to our lives and even how central it is to our faith. Sometimes it seems odd that we celebrate a holiday that centers on a meal, but then I remember how many unforgettable scenes in the Bible revolve around the table—Moses and the elders eating in the presence of the Lord on Mount Sinai, Peter shocking the Jewish world by eating with the Gentile Cornelius and, of course, Jesus presiding at the Last Supper as the head of His new family, a sacramental meal replicated countless times throughout the ages.

The meal that changed my life featured an oversized helping of pre-packaged lasagna. Truth be told, I don’t like lasagna. But 15 years ago, lasagna became for me the very embodiment of hospitality, to the point that I can’t see a piece of lasagna without being taken back to that meal.

What meals have made a big impact on your life? Why? How? Do you remember what you ate?

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • http://communityofjesus.wordpress.com/ Ted M. Gossard

    All Thanksgiving Day meals, particularly in my formative years, made an impression. It was a special time to give thanks to God, and to be with family, often extended family.

    I really like this day, and we need more days- feast days- like it!

  • Watchman

    I agree with Ted. The Thanksgiving Day meal has always been the most meaningful and impactful meal for me. Especially during my formative years when my family was hardly together due to my parents arguing and fighting all the time. Thanksgiving was always special because it seems my family dropped all of their differences and petty arguing for just one day and enjoyed a happy meal together; laughing, talking, and enjoying one another’s company. Today, the same is true. Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and joy. No presents, no ulterior motives, just a simple meal together.

  • http://normajhill.blogspot.com/ norma j hill

    A progressive meal – a meal with a village. I was straight out of university and had flown that day to a remote village that would be my first teaching post. I went to the little cafe, and as I was eating, a young man came in, sat beside me, ordered a meal, and started chatting. After we ate, he took me through his village to meet his naanniis (grandmothers). We stopped at home after home, and in every home was a wood stove with a big pot of soup simmering at the back. And at each home we were offered a bowl of soup (and I’d already eaten). He whispered in my ear that it was important to accept this hospitality! I did – I’ve never eaten so much in my life! His people became my people. And in a few months that young man and I will be celebrating our 30th anniversary!

  • http://godspace.wordpress.com Christine Sine

    Thanksgiving is a wonderful meal. I did not grow up with this celebration (I am not sure that Australians have really learned to be thankful) but think that all of us need to celebrate with a meal of thankfulness at some stage during the year.

  • Barb

    as an only child I loved Thanksgiving because my parents invited foreign students from various countries to share the day. I remember my Dad assuring them that the apple cider was not alcohol.

  • http://LostCodex.com DRT

    We will see, but today was our first all vegetarian Thanksgiving!

  • kerry

    Like Christine, I am Australian, so Thanksgiving is not something that I grew up with, but we have shared many wonderful thanksgiving meals with American friends over the years, more than happy to fill in the gaps around their tables, and learning how to express our gratitude more freely. It got to the stage where our kids were very disappointed if we ever missed out on an invitation at Thanksgiving.

  • http://www.david-dominguez.blogspot.com David

    The meal that stands out to me was the first time I ever tasted my wife’s cooking. We had been dating a few weeks, and she wanted to cook dinner. The meal was Chicken Spaghetti & corn bread twists, and it was delicious. I already believed God had brought us together, but that meal was a really exciting moment. We still prepare that meal occasionally, just to remember that day.


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