We hear your invitation, and heed, O Lord, your call; your word of consolation is spoken here to all.

It draws us to your loving heart; it brings us to your blessing, which never will depart.

from “Around You, O Lord Jesus” by F. M. Franzén (1772-1847)


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All of you who are thirsty, come to the water! Whoever has no money, come, buy food and eat! Without money, at no cost, buy wine and milk! Why spend money for what isn’t food, and your earnings for what doesn’t satisfy? Listen carefully to me and eat what is good; enjoy the richest of feasts.

Isaiah 55:1-2

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We are invited by a loving God to a feast which surpasses all the worldly limitations and expectations we place upon it. Our God sets an abundant table where there is water enough for all who thirst. Not only is there food in abundance but also the kind that truly nourishes and sustains us. God asks no price and offers this feast freely to anyone who responds to the invitation.

The truth is that none of us can repay God for the blessings we receive, not even the richest among us. Thankfully, God is a gracious Giver who desires our presence at the feast more than our payment. Relieved of the obligation, we are free to sit in our Lord’s presence to learn how we can best love God and our neighbor.

Sarah Boatwright

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Gracious God, thank you for inviting me to the table of your love. Bless me that I may learn to love you and others every day. Amen.

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Let gratitude be the pillow
Upon which you kneel to
Say your nightly prayer
And let faith be the bridge
You build to overcome evil
And welcome good

Maya Angelou in Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer (2006)

Sarah Boatwright

Sarah H. Boatwright is a child of God. Blessed with an amazing son and an incredibly patient husband, she gets to be a mom and a wife, too. Ever thankful for these gifts, Sarah enjoys writing, listening to music, and worship.

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