There are and have been many significant tables in the world. There's the legendary Round Table of King Arthur's Court, or the mythical Stone table from C.S. Lewis's "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe." But there's also the Periodic Table of Elements and where would we be without a Table of Contents? However, I'm sure when you think of tables you're more likely to think of picnic tables, coffee tables and end tables, or even writing tables. But we think the most significant and important table is the "Dinner Table."
This seemingly boring piece of furniture is actually monumental in our family's development and overall strength. The table is a place where the family can congregate, its a place for us to come together.
The old adage "Families that eat together, stay together" is so true.
Families that eat together tend to have stronger bonds with each other, the children do better in school and have better relationships. Dinnertime is a time to learn about your children, hear about your spouse's day, and impart small bits of wisdom and influence.
However, just because you all sit together doesn't mean you will automatically have a perfect family. It does take some effort. We all know that dinner time can be stressful and full of distractions, but when we put forth the effort to work together it can be a time to nurture family bonds and create an atmosphere of love.
Dinner is not the only thing we can come together for, we can sit and play games, create and imagine together, or we can even sit and just talk. We can gather to have family council or read our scriptures.
As we sit back and look at our dinner tables let us remember just how important they are to our families. They are in fact anchors that can keep our families from going a drift.