In the story Babette’s Feast a woman housekeeper wins the lottery and uses her winnings to prepare a banquet for the family she has worked for, for the last twelve years. What is so astounding about this story is that the family are members of a strict austere Lutheran sect who live frugally. Waste is considered sinful and their lives are controlled by a set of rigid rules. Babette the cook, prepares an extravagant meal, full of delicacies and fine wines. The story, is a story of grace, of how sometimes we are treated in ways we don’t deserve. Babette spends her entire winnings, 10,000 francs worth, on a meal for people who are tight-fisted and mean. In the same way God pours out his love on people who have done nothing to deserve it. But that is grace in action.
Underserved and freely given with no expectation it can ever be repaid. I wonder when you last experienced grace from another or God? How thankful were you for it?
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This Sunday @ 10am we will be thinking about eating, specifically how Jesus used food and meals as a way of including others and making them feel welcome. A children’s programme for children aged 3-6 is available during the service and also a crèche for younger children.
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