The image of the "table" is a powerful one for me. It runs through biblical history and it is as contemporary as the evening meal that helps hold a family together, the potluck supper that cements social and spiritual connections, or the special gathering of loved ones that marks a reunion or holiday celebration. It is at the table that we see each other's faces, remind ourselves of the ties that bind us, and rededicate ourselves to who and what we were meant to be. It is also an opportunity to be thankful for what we have so that it might not slip away.

Jim Wallis, Who Speaks for God?