Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine (John 21:12 KJV).
Just as Jesus cooked a meal for His disciples, He’s prepared a banquet for us. Each day, He extends an invitation to come and dine on His Word. It’s a meal prepared with our specific nutritional needs in mind. No meal is the same.
Think about that!
Charles B. Widmyer began voice lessons at the age of twelve. He wrote his first song when he was fifteen. Come and dine was written after reading and meditating on the above passage.
Jesus has a table spread
Where the saints of God are fed,
He invites His chosen people, “Come and dine”;
With His manna He doth feed
And supplies our every need:
Oh, ’tis sweet to sup with Jesus all the time!
“Come and dine,” the Master calleth, “Come and dine”;
You may feast at Jesus’ table all the time;
He Who fed the multitude, turned the water into wine,
To the hungry calleth now, “Come and dine.”
The disciples came to land,
Thus obeying Christ’s command,
For the Master called unto them, “Come and dine”;
There they found their heart’s desire,
Bread and fish upon the fire;
Thus He satisfies the hungry every time. [Refrain]
Soon the Lamb will take His bride
To be ever at His side,
All the host of heaven will assembled be;
Oh, ’twill be a glorious sight,
All the saints in spotless white;
And with Jesus they will feast eternally. [Refrain]
Charles B. Widmyer – 1907 – Public Domain
Several videos were found on this song, ranging from southern gospel to bluegrass. I chose The Issacs because it reminded me of when my teenage brother taught himself how to play the banjo.
One of the first lessons you must learn is a technique called a roll. You have a forward, backward, reverse, and alternating thumb roll. You pluck the notes over and over and over and over. The secret is to play it slowly until you get it. Speed comes with precision. It’s not the prettiest sound. In fact, it’s right up there with a three-year-old cuttin’ loose on a fiddle. And *Bubba didn’t sound much better. Several plucks into his lesson found him outside on the porch.
Momma enjoys listening to him now, but she wasn’t a fan when he was learning. Come to think of it, neither was I.
*Names have been changed to protect the innocent. That would be me.
Please join me next week for an article on this scripture. Enjoy the video!