On Monday I attended the community Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon held at the Pentecostal Holiness Church near Carlie C’s. It was an amazing gathering of people from across the community. The Southern Wayne High School Ensemble SaintSound provided two out standing pieces of choral music. They were wonderful ambassadors from the school system—kids who gave up a free day to make the lives of others better. The meal was an excellent array of southern cooking. The speaker, Addie Wright Thompson, a community developer from Virginia Beach offered some inspiring words.
The speaker used an illustration that I had never heard before; “sticky table”. She talked about getting to know one another across the kitchen table where real life happens. A sticky table doesn’t represent poor housecleaning. It is a metaphor. It represents a willingness to listen and learn about a person’s life. It is about building relationships and discovering the interests, the joys, and the burdens they bear. When understanding blossoms there isn’t any room for hate or fear, there is room for love and compassion. Around a sticky table we can learn that we are better together.
I didn’t expect to be a part of a sticky table metaphor on Monday, but I was. Two people discovered that they had a friend in common in a high school classmate. I listened to the faith stories of two women. They were strangers, but we came together at a community event, but when we left I felt like we were tied together by faith and common experiences. I hope our paths will cross again.
Who would you like to meet around a sticky table? Imagine how our lives could be better if we work together in our community, in our neighborhood, and in our church.