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Relationships: Family gathers for dinner at grandma's house.

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In today’s busy culture, mealtime seems to be a forgotten art. Grabbing dinner on the go can be bad for our wallets and our waistlines, but most importantly we miss the opportunity to bond and grow as a family.

Throughout the Bible, we see that mealtime was a time for being together and enjoying each other, and it was also a time for teaching and imparting wisdom. From Sarah hosting the angels to Jesus changing water to wine for a wedding feast, we would have missed some of the Bible’s greatest moments without mealtime.

Three Bible stories stand out to me as I think about the spiritual importance of mealtimes. These stories have important lessons on how we should approach mealtime with our families.

Daniel and the Food From the King’s Table

The story of Daniel serving in King Nebuchadnezzar’s court, found in Daniel 1:3-16, shares the physical and spiritual importance of eating wholesome foods. Daniel and his friends were given the rich, decadent foods from the king’s table. However, they knew that indulging daily was neither good for their bodies, nor pleasing to the Lord. They petitioned the king to be given vegetables, and at the end of 10 days, they seemed remarkably healthier than the other servants.

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