There is a needlepoint quote attributed to Augustine of Hippo which is framed in our dining room. It says, "He who has an unkind word to say about another is not welcome at this table."
Can you imagine how much more pleasant our meals would be, how much better our food would digest, if you didn’t chew on other people?
Mealtime can be enhanced greatly by table talk. Europeans could teach us a lot about fellowship and food. They are not into fast food on the run. Their meals are events that last for hours. We would all be physically and relationally healthier if we did more table talk, but only if it is positive, encouraging, and wholesome.
Remember Augustine’s words: "He who has an unkind word to say about another is not welcome at this table."