Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Communion Meditation - August 18, 2013

A few times per year I'm asked to provide a communion meditation at my church.  My brother shared one of his recent communion meditations so I figured that I should do the same.

In 2006, a book by Elizabeth Gilbert was published.  It was called: Eat, Pray, Love.  The story chronicles her trip around the world and what she discovered.  I haven’t read it and I probably won’t.  It was made into a film starring Julia Roberts.  I probably won’t watch the movie, either.

So what does this have to do with our communion time?  What’s the title again?  Eat, Pray, Love.  What are some of the things we are to do as Christians? 

Eat.  Break bread together.  Share in communion, both the bread and the wine and the fellowship.  Commune with one another.

Pray.  Were you listening to Harold’s sermon?  I hope that you were.  Pray.  Together.  Pray for courage and power.  Pray.

Love.  This is not an option.  If we are to live like Christ then we are to love like Christ.  Sacrificially.  Unending.   Selflessly.

The memoir was subtitled: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia.  She travelled the world trying to find fulfillment.  All she had to do was look to the living Christ, the one who instituted this meal.  As we take the elements this morning, remember the One who died for your sins.

Let’s pray:  Dear Heavenly Father.  Thank you for your goodness and for your grace.  Help us to Eat, Pray, and Love in a manner that is pleasing to you.  We love you.  Amen.  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice. I like taking back the culture. Not through writing "Jesus Christ: in a Coca-Cola script, but by going and getting things that were ours and have been co-opted by the world. Praying and loving (and eating) used to belong to God-followers. We should proudly own what belongs to us. Your meditation is a part of that. Thank you.

And don't get me started on rainbows . . .