Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The Re-birth of Dinner Dialogues
Eric Hogue has posted this blog at Crosswalk. com. I offer a snippet of it and a link to the rest here because I know this is something we could use in my family, and just maybe in yours as well. We dialogue a great deal, but we really don't have the family sit-down-to-dinner habit. Hubby must have something genetic going on. Neither he nor his brother like to sit down to dinner at home. I know they grew up sitting for dinner, but now that they are grown they are disinclined to it for some reason. We eat late. This is the way I like it, but meetings always start at 7 PM, so it's either eat earlier, or whoever's leaving gets to fend for him- or herself (it's always the latter). I find Mr. Hogue's approach compelling, though. I like his practical suggestions and his offer to regularly post topics for family discussion to keep things going.
Dinner time has been stolen from America's families, it's time to re-capture the once great tradition. I believe one of the best ways to counter act today's cultural decay is recapturing the family 'dinner time' discussions. For this reason alone, I'm stimulating a family tradition by starting a 'Hogue Blog' feature entitled "Dinner Dialogue". Let's be honest, today's family is busy. The traditional dinner hour has been eroded by the pace of life and culture's demands. What was once a valuable time of eating and 'catching up', is now a talent of devouring your food so to make the next appointment.
I want to put some 'meat' back into our family dinners. It starts by getting the family talking again, discussing things that everyone can relate to and have an opinion on. Studies show that families who discuss issues together (communicate), grow together emotionally, spiritually and educationally. Time to put the talking back into dinner time.
Jesus was a big fan of the "Dinner Dialogue".
Jesus used 'meal times' for teaching, parables and challenging discussions. For this reason, I believe the replacing of 'meal time' discussions, or as we'll call them "Dinner Dialogues", are purposed by Creator God. Purpose for the creation of maturity, intellect and ability to apply what we believe as a family to today's post-modern culture.
I'd like to start my series with a few rules: