They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart.
Awe had recently come upon the disciples, it says in Acts,
and this was the result. It reminds me of Isak Dinesen’s story
“Babette’s Feast.” A mysterious French chef prepares a feast
for a tiny, pious community in Denmark. Despite their
religion and ascetic ways, these people are sinners like
everyone else, and they have long-held grudges and
bitterness. But as the magical feast wears on, the vain illusion
of this world dissolves before their eyes like smoke, and they
are given one hour of the millennium. And in a way, they
don’t wonder at this infinite grace, Dinesen says, for it was
but the fulfillment of an ever-present hope. We may be full of
bitterness, we may still tend our grudges, but even so hope is
working in us, readying us for the feast.
1 Peter 1:3–9
Daily Inspirations are excerpted from 2017: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Amy Andrews ©2016 Loyola Press. All Rights Reserved.
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