A lovely table; it is the symbol of having a special place of welcome, comfort and joy. It is a picture of hospitality, it is a place of fellowship, and if peace and harmony are at the head of the table, it is a sweet and wonderful place to be. All through History, our Heavenly Father has welcomed those who will come to His table; if we "would" come. In the same way we desire to be with the ones we love, He desires to be with us. In Matthew 22: 1-14, Jesus tells the parable of the king who gave a feast for his son and called the invited to come to the feast he had prepared... but they would not come, and so He invited others... In Revelation, He has prepared a feast for us, and we, again, are all invited, if we will just answer the invitation. He is our gracious Host our wonderful example of love and welcome, of invitation and hospitality all we need do is respond.
I love to set a pretty table. For for special celebrations, I usually prepare and decorate my table a day or two ahead, because if I don't prepare ahead, it becomes a burden that piles up and overwhelms me. Its the creative "preparation" I enjoy, so I set aside the time for that. Just think that Jesus also, is "preparing" for us. He went to prepare a place for us, and that at the right time, He will come and receive us to Him. He also has taken great delight in preparing a table and a home for us.
This year for the Easter/Resurrection Sunday, our celebration was smaller than it has been in times past. But it was very sweet, and precious. I enjoyed decorating and cooking for Steve, Eddie, my friend Roxy (whose husband had to work that day) and myself. Because of the Holiday, I have had table settings on my mind; I like to collect table settings on Pinterest, and love to see them in magazines and blogs. My Mom, my Mother in law, and my friend Barbara have always set the loveliest tables that inspired me; So, I wanted to start a little collection here of "Table Settings" to share with you as well.
As I was in the process of writing this post, I was popping in and catching up with blogging friends, and saw that Ann on Eight Acres of Eden also did a post on her Holiday table, so I am going to link her today, because it was such a great post and I thought you would really be blessed by it.
My Mom and my girls and I have a love for dishes of all sorts; especially blue dishes.
This platter came from England. My Mom got it there when we lived there years ago; I was a little girl, at that time. She has allowed me to enjoy many of her dishes and her lovely silverware.
This is an old picture I took when I was getting ready to clean my silver several years ago. I have silverware from my Mom and my Grandma Flossie. It is one of my favorite things.
These blue dishes are dishes that Mom and Dad got for their wedding.
Little additions make a pretty table.
Remember that even though the days are sometimes dark and difficult, He promised to
"Prepare a table for us....."
"Prepare a table for us....."
"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies."