Five years ago this week I met Andrew, the man who is now my amazing husband. I cannot believe it has been five years! It feels so much longer (like we have always been together), yet so much shorter (like it was just yesterday that we met).
Shortly after we introduced our kids to each other, we began attending Mass together at what was Andrew’s home parish at the time. This truly was a significant move in our relationship! We now attend this parish as a family.
We prefer the Sunday evening service, as we love the music and the overall feel.
I’m not sure exactly when our Sunday routine began. It may have been our first Mass together, or at least not long after! I do remember it was around Thanksgiving time, which is appropriate, I think!
We generally start our Sunday mornings with our weekly trip to Costco and attempting to decide what to make for dinner that night. I love Sundays because Andrew grills dinner! I tease him still that I married him because he grills a killer steak! But I digress (but seriously….killer steak)! The decision of what we get is based on sale prices, our cravings, and who might be coming to dinner.
So this is what I’ve been leading up to. We have had this tradition for almost five years now of having multiple and random people coming into our home for dinner after Sunday evening Mass. We do this almost every Sunday! The only times we have not are usually because we are out of town.
I absolutely love that this has become our family tradition. Our children love it, too. Andrew and I can expect to be asked at least four times each Sunday who will be coming to dinner. And they feel sad if we do not have anyone!
I also love that we do not specifically plan for who will be there. We literally leave this to the Holy Spirit, and we always have. Andrew and I will send out messages asking friends, family, and neighbors to come. Even if we hear from others, we will also ask people after Church if they would like to join us. We turn away no one. We love the company, the fellowship.
I find it wonderful that this now-tradition began inadvertently. We are intentional and fully open to all who come. We get to have great food and beautiful fellowship. I cannot begin to express how much we have been blessed by our times with family and friends on Sunday nights. Our home is filled with love, laughter, warmth, and thanksgiving!
We have been given so many beautiful blessings through our fellowship time. We have prayed together, prayed over loved ones, had loved ones pray over us, and just speak blessings into others’ lives. We have had wonderful stories and joyous laughter, as well as healing tears. God has made Sundays for our family into not only a time to worship Him, but a time for us to gather with those He chooses. We get to be hospitable and to serve those who grace our own lives. Isn’t this what He intended for Sundays to be?!
I truly believe God uses our gatherings for His good. How grace-filled would more of life be if we all could gather frequently and have fellowship?! Easier said than done, I am sure! I pray that our tradition continues for a very, very long time!
What family traditions does your family have? I would love to hear about yours!
God bless you and your loved ones. I am praying for you! And, if ever you are in town on a Sunday evening, reach out to me. We always have room for one more!