So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart. Acts 2:46
New York City newspapers recently reported on a restaurant in Lower Manhattan charging $175 for hamburgers. The Wall Street Burger Shoppe describes the burger as a "work of art," made of Kobe beef and topped with gold flakes, black truffles, a thick slab of seared foie gras, and aged Gruyere cheese.
It's not worth it. The best food is found in the simple fare at the kitchen table or church cookout, enjoyed with good friends. In the Bible, meals were occasions for fellowship. We're apt to focus on the food, but the sweetest part of any meal isn't the dessert. It's the prayer that graces the food and the fellowship that surrounds the table. Next time you sit down to eat, think less of the food and more of those around you. An encouraging word over a $1.75 hamburger will pay richer dividends than anything found on Wall Street.
A meal is not simply food but also the spirit in which it is eaten. Mealtimes should be the occasions for the happiest kinds of exchanges and learning—for cheerful, not solemn, communion. A bad meal can be redeemed by good conversation, but a good meal can be irretrievably ruined by bad conversation.—from House & Garden Magazine