Confession #17: I Believe I will LOVE Family Dinner
“Jillian I have a question,” he said as he walked towards me from across the campus.
It had been a little over two weeks since I had seen Jean Wilson and he seemed eager to talk to me.
This made me happy.
I love Jean Wilson dearly.
Like a little brother.
“What’s up?” I replied as I motioned him to come sit near me on the bench under the big shade tree.
“I have a request for the Emmaus House,” he said with excitement.
“What kind of request?” I asked him.
“When we go to the Emmaus House I think we should build a table big enough for everyone to sit at, because I think it would be good for us to have family dinner together every night. That is my request.”
I felt the tears coming on. My throat began to tighten. My heart may have skipped a beat. Did Jean Wilson have any idea how precious his words were? Family dinner every night at the Emmaus House at a table fit for 26 (including our family and Jonathan’s), would there ever be a more beautiful sight?
“Jean Wilson, I have no idea how to build a table that big, but because you asked, I will talk to Hunter. Secondly, I don’t have a clue where in the house we would fit a table that long, but we will see what we can do, because family dinner every night sounds like a wonderful idea,” I told him.
I know we are still a few months out from moving into the Emmaus House, but I am beyond thrilled to know that our teens are starting to look forward to things like family dinner, fellowship, and spending time together around a really large table. It makes me all the more excited to join them.
I don’t have a clue how to build a table made for 26, or the chairs to accompany it. But if you do, I invite you to come help us make them this summer. Again, I don’t exactly know where we would fit a table that large in our house, but on behalf of Jean Wilson and the rest of the Emmaus Youth I for sure am going to try and figure that out.
Family dinner every night at Emmaus House may just become a new tradition. The more I think about it, the more I am beginning to like the idea. Thanks Jean Wilson!
What other family traditions do you think would be good to incorporate into the Emmaus House?