Group Study Guide for

Whatever Happened to Dinner?

[Cover of Whatever Happened to Dinner?]

Recipes and Reflections for Family Mealtime

by Melodie M. Davis

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Introduction Chapter 4 Chapter 8 Chapter 12
Chapter 1 Chapter 5 Chapter 9 Chapter 13
Chapter 2 Chapter 6 Chapter 10 Chapter 14
Chapter 3 Chapter 7 Chapter 11 Chapter 15

Chapter 5: Comfort Foods and Memories: Macaroni and Cheese and Saturday Night Hamburgers

Scripture: Genesis 25:24-34

Have you ever given up a godly blessing for quick satisfaction, as Esau did in this chapter? Think of examples when we all do this. What can we learn from Esau’s somewhat dysfunctional family? Is it any comfort to realize that their dysfunctional family was still used for God’s purposes and remembered down through the ages for faith and steadfastness in following God’s ways? What does that say to you in your family situation?

  1. Is there any food or meal that you have delicious memories of from childhood but found disappointing when you experienced it again as an adult?
  2. What did you eat as a child that you wouldn’t eat now? What have you learned to like as an adult?
  3. What foods do you crave? How do you deal with such cravings? If you’ve ever been pregnant, was there a food you craved?
  4. Are you addicted to certain foods? Is that as bad as being addicted to cigarettes or alcohol? Why or why not?
  5. What is your favorite comfort food and why do you find it comforting? Do you eat when depressed? Why or why not?
  6. Do you have good memories of Thanksgiving, Christmas, or birthday meals? What makes them special? Is it the food or the people?
  7. Do you have a regular weekly menu in your family? How did it become a tradition?
  8. Are there any traditions you tried to carry over from your family of origin that didn’t work for your own kids? How did you handle it?
  9. Ponder why food is comforting. What do you think? Do you ever use food as solace when you’ve argued?
  10. Have you ever offered food to your kids when they were disappointed or sad? Why is that good or bad?

Activity: Set a time when your small group or Sunday school class can have a “comfort food” night or day and each bring one dish of favorite comfort food. Bring a story to share about why the food is comforting; write up the story and post on the “Whatever Happened to Dinner” Facebook page.

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