Candles are, for me, symbols of relationships. Church candles symbolically carry my prayers to divinity. Candles in the window are a welcoming guide back home. At dinner, candles bring everyone together around the table. Last night was the latter.
As I reflect on a fun meal, with vegans, vegetarians, kosher eating, and anything goes, I realise that the shared intent was centred on kindness and care. We were family, taking time together for a meal out, enjoying the stories old and new, and sharing the experience of eating and discovery.
The range of dishes went from mocktails to spirits, vegan through to blood sausages, and even grasshoppers (fried). The laughter and fun around the table were food for the soul. It was a great evening with candles in the centre and others in the window. The whispers that linger into today are useful guides to every activity.
When one chooses to do something, do it for the best reasons. Eat for joy. Act with kindness. Remember the old admonition; “What’s important in all this is that if you keep a holy day, keep it for God’s sake; if you eat meat, eat it to the glory of God and thank God for prime rib; if you’re a vegetarian, eat vegetables to the glory of God and thank God for broccoli.” (Romans 14.6)
Partnerships are based on shared values. If love, kindness, and care are the drivers, you are my partner. While we are still to meet, we are working with a shared foundation of caring to make a difference. I could see it in the different dishes. Some were ones shared, I had one unique, and others had dishes that were not my choice. In all circumstances, we were linked by our love of life, kindness with courtesy, and care for one another.
The candle at the centre of the table burned silently throughout the evening, capturing the spirit that bound us together. Today is my opportunity to recreate the spirit of a Divine family in each moment. Each a purposeful step to make a difference.