Today’s thrift store find was the book Speechless by Stephen Curtis Chapman and Scotty Smith. It is from 1999 and has the subtitle “Living in awe of God’s disruptive grace.” How could I not pick it up?!
One chapter in and we get to a delightful story of eating the best crab cakes in the country. Scotty then correlates the experience to the gospel.
“As with Picolos’ crab cakes, so too with the gospel – deep satisfaction comes to those who partake, music to those who feast, dancing to those who linger at the table. In one of the great gospel invitations in the Old Testament, God’s grace is presented as a life-giving buffer of his love and provision. A massive banquet of delight is offered to the hungry an thirsty. The price of the meal is our thirst, hunger and poverty.”
“Come, all who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. (Isa. 55:1-3)”
“Come and dine!”