Dine with the King
I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom.
- Luke 22:29-30
As part of Jesus’s response to the disciples wanting power, after Jesus describes their call to be servants instead of “lording it over” others, Jesus then has this incredible line about life in his kingdom. The most radical thing about his kingdom is that the King really just wants to be with us - to know us, to love us to care for us. And if we could just allow that to sink into our souls - that we are the beloved, invited to dine with the king - it would change everything.
Ponder and pray out of this poem today as a way to engage with your King who wants to be with you.
In this secluded place I meet a King.
He comes alone to drink reality
Sometimes we talk, sometimes we sit.
And sip a life that passes by the crowd
As inwardness is born--
A felted thing of power--a commonality--
A union where unmended hopes are knit
Where silence roars as quiet sings aloud.
Oh Christ, I love it here!
It is our place.
Speak Lord or not.
Touch me or not.
Show then your will and bid me wait in patient grace.
Fill all my hungry need with joy again.
With simple loaves of bread and chaliced wine
Heaven, earth and all of God are mine.