Setting the Table

When I was a child, one of my favorite tasks was setting the table.  We had a fun variety of place mats, and I thought it was an honor to decide which ones fit the mood of the meal, then get everything “just so” on the round glass top table.  Our family of four always sat down to delicious meals together… forks on the left, resting on a napkin.  That’s as normal to me as putting a car in reverse if you want to back up.

For almost thirty years now, I’ve been a family of two.  And I set a traditional table for G and me at all our meals.

Those who come to gatherings in my home know that more care will go into the plates and the chargers and the stemware, than will go into the food!  Guests who stay in the guest room know that they’ve got to find a little space on the hanging rod among the table cloths.

To welcome springtime, we have a beautiful brunch at our church.  A few of us decorate tables using a Bible verse for our theme.  I wanted to share my table with you.

The new plates were begging to be used.  I acquired them on my latest cruise.  Holland America gives us delightful gifts, and one night we came home to our stateroom to find these beautiful plates.  Word spread among my shipmates that I loved them, and in the happiest of swap meets, I came home with nine of them!  So I found this perfect verse.

Psalm 104:24-26   How many are Your works, O Lord!  There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number – living things both large and small.  There the ships go to and fro, and the leviathan frolics there.

We typically put little gifts at each plate, and I knew right away what I wanted to give.

Every night on our cruises, we find delicious chocolate on our pillows, and a card.  Sometimes wishing us a good night’s rest.  Sometimes “gently” reminding us that we’ve got to change our clocks.  I borrowed this idea, and found another perfect verse to make magnets.

Psalm 4:8  When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace.  You alone, O Lord, keep me perfectly safe.

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Wishing all of you, my dear readers, sweet and restful peace… and a happy April.

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7 Responses to “Setting the Table”

  1. lawaanda calton says:

    Sandy, Your memories stir my emotions deeply this morning. And again I thank God for the wonderful gift of “memory”. Your table at the brunch was beautiful, just as you are!

  2. Sandy says:

    Thank you, Mama!
    How I loved going to that corner cabinet and choosing the place mats. Thank you for teaching me to love such simple little tasks!!!

  3. Marcea Clive says:

    Beautiful! ! !

  4. Cheryl says:

    What a perfect, perfect story! And the little exchange between you and your mama just brought tears to my eyes. And what perfect verses for your table! And thank you for the wish for sweet and restful peace…I’m hoping for that when I close my eyes in just a few minutes.:) I’m still intrigued with that fact you could find so many people to “swap” these amazing plates. You must have had some wonderful barter material!!

  5. Sandy says:

    Thank you, Cheryl.
    Yes! I had wine glasses to swap, and a book on wine, a wine diffuser. ha! Obviously, I’m not much into the vino!
    I had one very heavy suitcase coming off of that ship!!

    By the way, I kept the Steiff Teddy Bears!!! Did I mention how much I love Holland America??

  6. Robin Green says:

    If I ever go on a cruise, I’ll choose Holland America. Those plates are so great, Sandy, and you inspire me with your decorative touches. It takes time and effort, but you have developed your creativity and invested in it to the blessing of all who know you. What a reflection of God’s character and creative energy. He made the tiniest things beautiful – even the hidden things….. like diamonds.

  7. Sandy says:

    Robin… I thank you so much. For your beautiful comments and your wonderful friendship. I wish I could set a lovely table for you today and have you over for cheesecake and coffee. Miles can be such a nuisance!

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