Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Folded Napkin

Years ago, in ancient Biblical times, there was a tradition related to the cloth (napkin) that was used at mealtime. Tradition tells us that this napkin was used as a sign to indicate whether or not the master was finished with his meal when he left the table or was leaving temporarily and would return. If he was finished with his meal, he would crumble up the napkin and throw it on the table. If he was not finished, he would neatly fold the napkin and place it beside the the plate, signifying he would return to finish the meal.

As with all traditions, their significance is always important.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the napkin that had covered Jesus’ head was
folded up and lying apart from the other wrappings.
(John 20:6-7)

Have a blessed Easter!
Awaiting His return,
Walden Fan

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