Few things are more sacred and special than preparing and sharing a meal with close friends.  When Kyle and I got married, one thing that we especially looked forward to was hosting dinners.  We enjoy real, quality food & drink combined with real, quality conversation.  

We have now been able to host several close friends.  Each time I love the warmth that fills our home.  We find ourselves sitting at the table long after the meal has been consumed.  Time speeds by almost unnoticed.  

While our culture so often values speed, efficiency and instant gratification, a fast meal just doesn't seem to satisfy.  It has become more rare to slow down to savor a homemade meal.

This seems true for friendships as well.  We speed through time with people we love and we tend to fit them into the margins of our lives.  People are invaluable and time spent cultivating lasting relationships is necessary.  What would it look like to slow down and savor not only our meals but our friendships too?