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Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Who’s Coming to Dinner? Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson
“Who do you want at your birthday dinner?” Mom asked. “No one, just you.” I replied. “Why?” “I’m ashamed of where my life is right now and I don’t want to spend the evening explaining that.” After Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge, God knowing what they’d done, came looking for them, calling out for them. They responded by covering their bodies in shame and hiding from their Creator. When Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well, she was there in the blazing afternoon sun because her five marriages had made her a social pariah who could only come to draw water when no one else was around. After the Prodigal Son had squandered his inheritance and was left homeless and starving, he returned to his father’s estate, not as a son, but filled with shame and asking for nothing more than to work as a servant. Shame clouds how we see ourselves and our perception of how others’ see us. As Saint Paul wrote, it is as if we can no long…

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