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February 18, 2013
God’s Gracious Feast

There's a wonderful story by Isak Dinesen called Babette's Feast, about a strict, dour, fundamentalist community in Denmark. Babette worked as a cook for two elderly sisters who had no idea that she once was a chef to nobility back in her native France. Babette's dream was to return to her beloved home city of Paris, so every year she bought a lottery ticket in hopes of winning enough money to return.

Every night, her austere employers demanded that she cook the same dreary meal: boiled fish and potatoes, because, they said, Jesus commanded, "Take no thought of food and drink."  So this famous chef was reduced to cooking a very boring fare, as her talents were wasted.

One day, the unbelievable happened: Babette won the lottery! The prize was 10,000 francs, a small fortune. Since the anniversary of the founding of the community was approaching, Babette asked if she might prepare a French dinner with all the trimmings for the entire village.  Eventually, Babette won over those who protested the extravagant meal and went about preparing a feast fit for a king.

Finally the big day arrived, and the village gathered. The first course was an exquisite turtle soup. The diners ate the unusual treat, but according to their custom, suppressed any indication of enjoyment. It had its effect, however. They usually ate in silence, but now some conversation began. Then came the wine: Veuve Cliquot 1860, the finest vintage in France. The atmosphere changed. Smiles, giggles, and even hugs could be seen among the diners.

By the time the main entrée of quail arrived, those austere, pleasure-fearing people were giggling, laughing, slurping, guffawing, and praising God for their many years together. This pack of Pharisees was transformed into a loving community through the gift of a meal.

One of the two sisters went into the kitchen to thank Babette, saying, "Oh, how we will miss you when you return to Paris!"

Babette replied, "I will not be returning to Paris, because I have no money. I spent it all on the feast."

Jesus spent His life in order that He might provide a wonderful feast for you!  Not only does He provide for your needs today, but one day soon you will be the guest of honor at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb!

Enjoy the meal.  It cost Jesus everything.

With Love,
Mike

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Richard Burnett
2013-02-24 12:52 AM

GREAT STORY of LOVE AND PASSION for PEOPLE and for One's Work. I long to eat at the Table in Heaven for the marriage Feast of the LAMB, My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the LAMB of GOD.....Oh, HAPPY, GLORIOUS DAY that will be, when my JESUS I SHALL SEE..

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