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The Broken, Beautiful Restaurant


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  • Peace In War
    By : Elouise Van der Merwe On July 15th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    I’m from a segregated social environment, groomed in it’s intense fear and violence. It, that looming violence, those shifting targets of perfection, that conditional love, taught me to egg shell SURF, never you mind tread! I’ve always kept a bit of it, that nagging ‘please, don’t yell, I don’t want to make a mistake’ fear of man, that can be so stifling, so compromising. Since reading this blog the first time on, 27 June, this has been the third day (15July) that I didn’t wake-up with a ton of that “please don’t yell” bricks on my head. I have found freedom. It wasn’t just my junk, it was generational junk, that I’m free from. And I’m so very grateful. Rebekah Scott says, “God doesn’t bring you there to leave you there”, that is the truth. The course “ Pursuing Awe” was instrumental in my freedom. So I can walk on today, in a new boldness. I’ve my designated ways to prepare for the King. I’ll check in with you next year July to see what’s cooking. You are real flesh and blood people, I appreciate you. I bless your methods and your madness. I bless the way the King works through you. It is good! It is good! It is good! Live creatively, friends!

  • Long Live Papa's!
    By : Cynthia Harris On July 10th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    This is so interesting to me. C.S. Lewis once commented that he saw a difference between the genders thusly (Screwtape Letters): “A woman means by Unselfishness chiefly taking trouble for others; a man means not giving trouble to others...thus, while the woman thinks of doing good offices and the man of respecting other people’s rights, each gender, without any obvious unreason, can and does regard the other as radically selfish.” So Papa's is a safe place where anyone of any history or condition can come & be unhindered, enjoy their coffee without shrapnel being flung at them, and then leave refreshed. As a relative newbie to redemptive gifts of institutions, I would guess that Papa's is Male Servant? I'm guessing that a Female Servant place might be more proactive in helping or loving, rather than just providing the safe place to BE. And long live Papa's!

    Replied by : Arthur Burk Good catch, adding gender to the store. Yes, absolutely it is not a female restaurant. Well done.

  • Love
    By : Mira Magee On July 7th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    On a good day, I would like to go in there and love on them a bit and hope they would receive. Nice read.

  • Thankful
    By : Gernot On July 5th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    A servant says thank you for sharing. I have a clear picture of how it ist there. And like the servant portion. And glad, Papa and Jesus have squeezed me between a prophet and a merci, so I can learn to be clear and also getting everthing into flow. And maybe give the people a glimpse of the love and the excellence, Jesus shows me.

  • greeting cards
    By : Debra Moore On June 29th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    Excellent. Just what I needed to hear. Sometimes I am at war with the culture of the times. I have been learning how to walk through the insanity of political correct liberalism without getting my hackles up. This helps.

  • Broken Beautiful Restaurant
    By : PL Moore On June 29th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    My first blog post from SLG. We moved to the San Antonio area a year ago this month. What a struggle it’s been! Finding our little refuge in the storms of war here in Schertz at Abel’s is awesome. Thank you for reminding us that we all need shelters and Father God is happy to show us when we ask.

  • Broken Potential
    By : Gordon Haggerty On June 28th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    Thanks Arthur...again. A safe refuge in a place of brokenness, where broken people are peacefully coexisting...and one can leave refreshed to re-enter the war zone. I wonder what it would be like if a life-spring were to begin to seep out there. What hidden resources may be lurking among those broken souls, waiting for a catalyst to break open a life-stream of encouragement and healing. I wonder what Elisha’s widow would see as a resource if this were her house? Thanks...again.

  • the snapshot of your morning
    By : Carrie Murray On June 28th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    Breathing in and observing what is...even tho it is not perfect..can still be enough. Thank you Arthur.

  • Beautifully
    By : Janis Leal On June 28th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    “But it is a safe place and conflict is not the theme.” Quietly, poignantly resounding. And also good food, like the rest of these touching words, all combined in essence with the photo details (“torn” photo border, tint, positions of the people individually and as a whole that express what your spirit captured through the photo, etc) I’m drawn to linger over for the infusing fragrance from a magnificent spirit soaring over his soul, feeding others even when needing to be fed. Thoroughly beautiful, beautifully. May you increasingly, deeply feast, enjoy, and digest at Papa’s table the most vital ingredient -- His abundant, intimate steadfast love as He longs to “… satisfy your soul in scorched and dry places, and give strength to your bones, and you will be like a watered garden, like a spring whose waters do not fail.” (Is. 58:11), and “… know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:19). One more thing.... As this moves me to ponder both the manifested and potential beauty in brokenness, I think of the perfect beauty of our Lord, wholly within Himself, and then think of Him choosing to be broken -- that He, perfectly beautiful, chose ugly brokenness -- and I wonder about that making Him more beautiful, as if it were possible that He could be more beautiful than He was before.... and that makes me wonder about us. With gratitude, heartfelt, and blessings, Arthur.

  • Broken People
    By : Andrea Archer On June 28th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    Golden Corral has a similar atmosphere. They are incredibly sensitive to people with physical disabilities. The wait staff go out of their way to respond to those who walk with difficulty.

  • Haute Cuisine @ Papa's
    By : Katie Mazza On June 28th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    Thanks Arthur for this one. Growing up in a rural, small town in a low-populated western state, I felt as thought I've been in Papa's many times. There are those who indeed are fighting life and not each other. Well said. I also was pinged by the keen observation you made about it not being a very loving place, but it is a safe place.

  • Thank you
    By : Twila Crawford On June 28th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    Authenticity at its best; making room for all at the table. Sounds like a place Jesus would hang out in. Ouch, in that I learned something from this blog. Too often my battles become with my neighbor when really it’s just life I need to walk out. Thankful for the reminder this morning. Will ponder this today and choose more wisely.

  • Beautiful indeed
    By : Rose Benjamin On June 28th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    "The staff and the clients are broadly color blind, unlike other places where the unspoken racism is expressed in body language...I go there because of the fact that the people who frequent Papa’s have learned that their war is against life, not their neighbor." These portions deeply struck a chord with me. Thank you Arthur for being you, someone who can see beyond the surface. Papa's is indeed beautiful.

  • The Diner
    By : Nancy tucker On June 27th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    Arthur, I have worked and been apart of that crew of many hash slinging diners in the south! Gratefully, gracefully broken now!!! Yes, somedays we need “Papa’s” just not moving in again! What a story, WOW, thanks for sharing!

  • Thanks!
    By : Renée On June 27th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    I just want to thank you for this. As a servant, this is my heart, to have a place where people can come and be welcomed and refreshed and loved on by the presence of God in His essence, a bit like the woman at the well. For now there is no physical location here in the city, only this mobile “temple” that moves about daily. Thanks for the image and the encouragement to be simply that today, first at the refugee center, then at the parliament. He’s no respecter of persons. Don’t you just love Him so!

  • At war with other people...
    By : Moonsun On June 27th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    What a great point. Making ponder on this...... thanks for the insight!!

  • The price of brokeness
    By : Donna Nolen On June 27th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    This story reminded me of this meme I've seen lately. I understand it only too well. Experience comes with a price and sometimes the people who understand it most are the ones who have it together the least. ((((((hugs)))))) https://images.app.goo.gl/YcnK2DneqRuvCqMY8

  • Tired souls ducking out of the war zone
    By : Nancy Bentz On June 27th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    "Some days, I just need Papa's." I so identified with this post. Thank you, Arthur.

  • Fixing people who are broken
    By : Kelly On June 27th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    I watched you on Ekklesia Rising and saw your brilliance especially in healing and wondered today while reading your story how you go about living a normal life without trying to “fix” everyone.

  • Love it
    By : Sandra Beck On June 27th 2019
    Rating:
    5.0

    Arthur, I love your insightful, uniquely brilliant perspective. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us!!