Who is the unseen guest at your table, the silent listener to every conversation? The traditional response is Christ; “Christ is the head of the home, the unseen guest of every meal, the silent listener to every conversation.”
My silent guest list changes for almost every meal. Sometimes the guest is an absent family member, or a far off friend. At other times, I eat in the company of loved ones who are no longer living. Often, it seems to me, my little table is a host to a multitude of absentees. They outnumber those who are physically present. It would be crowded and noisy, if it weren’t for the guests’ gentle, profound, and caring, silence.
This post is dedicated to Eileen at Laughter: Carbonated Grace , and to all those who will be missing a loved one at their table this Christmas.
PS This is my attempt at a flat lay photo. The two flower photos in the centre of the image are not mine. They were a gift from my photographer friend, David Dobbs.