My Fletcher Family Get Together {Feasting with Family}

My Fletcher Family Get-Together {Feasting with Family}
Then Jesus took the loaves,
gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people.
Afterward he did the same with the fish.
And they all ate as much as they wanted.~John 6:11 NLT

As I write this post, Todd and I are driving home from my Fletcher family get together so, my heart and stomach are stuffed full!

When I was young, all my family lived within half an hour of each other and we usually ate together at least once a week. If there was a video taping we could’ve been the English version of the family in, My Big Fat Greek Wedding…we were that close and that loud!

 

Now we don’t all live in the same area so, we value any time we can coordinate…or should I say, when my cousin Angie coordinates…our get-togethers {insert gratitude for Angie}. When we’re together we laugh a lot and eat ridiculous amounts of food! Most of us are so concerned there won’t be enough food that we bring extra, so our buffet is extensive.

 

The pinnacle of this year’s feast was my cousin Kelly’s chocolate-covered-strawberry-cheesecake-tarts…and they were even better than they sound or than it looks! CHEESECAKE DESSERT

FEASTING WITH FAMILY

Just like when Jesus fed the 5000; it can be said of every Fletcher family feast, “they all ate as much as they wanted.”  No one leaves our gatherings hungry…just like no one left Jesus’ dinner parties wanting more.  When I could roll myself away from the table, I helped divvy up the leftovers into take-home containers; just like the disciples collected leftover bread and fish into baskets.

I can’t think about my family feast and how Jesus loved people eating together without being reminded of another meal I pray we’ll all share together with Him; the wedding feast of the lamb1.  Scripture fills me with hope as I look forward to that day because I love Jesus, I love food, and I love my family!

CAN YOU SEE IT?

Thinking about the largest banquet to be held fires me up! I imagine looking across the table asking Moses to pass the pitcher of water and my long-time-passed grandpa to share the buns while King David plays his harp in the background for dinner music. Envisioning this meal builds excitement for heaven in my heart.

Dream along with me and let your passion for heaven be rekindled. My prayer is that you’ll be left desiring a dinner that doesn’t just fill your belly but satiate to the deepest depths of your spirit and soul.

Prayer

Father…I’m so thankful for Your heart to bring Your people together and fill us up.  You’re never stingy…You give out of abundance, the abundance of Your love for me so there’s enough left over to share.  I thank You for those you’ve place in my family and ‘framily’…those who fill up both my heart and soul when we meet. Looking forward to seeing You on that big feast in the sky! Until then, I’ll enjoy these meal reminders you provide.  In Jesus Name…Amen

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Drawing From The Well

  1. John 6:11
  2. Matthew 15:36
  3. Luke 24:30
  4. Revelations 19:7
ENDNOTES
  1. Revelations 9:6-9
  2. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0259446/ Website Accessed: 2018-02-05 

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Comments(10)

  1. Lauren Gaskill says

    I had a similar experience growing up and now, my sister and I live on opposite sides of the U.S.! Glad you were able to spend some quality time together. Family is a gift!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      So true Lauren! Praying you get some sister time soon 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  2. Nicole Kauffman says

    Love seeing the joy here! And it’s so great to think ahead to the banquet in heaven!! 🙂

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Great to have you stop by Nicole 🙂 Praying you have a blessed day!
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  3. Michele Morin says

    I love it when my crew gathers! And yes to all the food and all the chaos!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Michele,
      The louder the better 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  4. Brenda says

    Awe…what a sweet thought. So thankful for the hope of Heaven. Thanks for creating space for me to wonder about that table, today. Makes me smile to consider. 🙂 — And, that cheesecake looks dreamy! 🙂 xoxo

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Brenda,
      Only cheesecake in heaven could be better 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  5. Lisa notes says

    I didn’t grow up near most of my extended family, but my own children have had that luxury of growing up near their cousins and it was wonderful! All of my siblings still live fairly close, so I totally understand that joy of getting together with those you love.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Lisa,
      Family is the best 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

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