Dinner Talk Topics, a Family Tradition

 Dinner Topics for Monday

 

Dinner Talk—The Universal Parable

“All happenings great and small are parables whereby God speaks. The art of life is to get the message. ~Malcolm Muggeridge

dinnerConversation as a teaching modality in families has presided at mealtime for generations. Until now. In today’s stressful society, everyone is seeking comfort. Here we are, surrounded by plush furnishings, super-abundance of delicious food, the latest electronic marvels, fancy cars, costly apparel, and every need met at the touch of a button. Still, something is missing.

What lack we yet? I draw comfort from our family dinner talks decades ago. And from reading out of the best books— classics, and scriptures. We talked about politics, history, religion, science, literature, the arts. Perhaps there would be a Beethoven sonata playing on the phonograph. It was the most well-rounded education a person could receive.

But the most precious part of those teaching moments is not expressed in words. There was never any question whether we would show up for dinner. Presence at the family dinner hour was a given— something almost sacred. I never had to worry if Mom and Dad would be there. And when it came to right and wrong, I always knew where they stood.  That foundation gave me something solid to hang onto as I struggled through the years to maturity.  It gave me a legacy to pass on to my children. But is it enough?  For many, deep down, an unnamed hunger remains.

At the Meridian of time, people followed Jesus everywhere, irresistibly drawn to His message. Whether they were few or many, each walked away with that portion of the bread of life that fed his own soul, having connected at last with his divine heritage.

Feeding5000How did the Savior do it? With Parables. He broke bread with His friends. He fed them, taught them parables, and changed their lives. We call this “Dinner Talk.”

Dinner Talk Topics

  1. Why would something as simple as family meals have such an impact?
  2. Why is it important to have family meals every day?
  3. What can we learn from the Savior’s example?
  4. How can this simple tradition bless people of all faiths?
  5. List specific ways that you will improve relationships in your family.

Join the Conversation! Visit the Zion Culture Center; Add a little “manna” to your dinner hour.

Copyright © 2010 by C.A. Davidson


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