Day 23, "This is My Body"
In today’s prayer devotion we are reminded of how Christ would inject new life and meaning into the ordinary and routine. Every Jewish child is taught the Passover rituals from their very earliest years. They are given parts or roles to play in these traditions. But, as too often is our human nature, we can get caught up in doing the ritual “correctly” that is, horizontally, that we neglect the vertical, the connection with God.
I have always appreciated Driftwood’s tradition of allowing, inviting, our Christian men, young and old, to offer a meditation from their perspective. Over the years I have witnessed the calm and deliberate instruction of communion along with humorous or touching insights drawing us closer to a very alive Christ. I have drawn strength from watching men struggle with, and overcome their fear of being in front of people, because something bigger is occurring. Through all of this, I personally find freshness eachSunday as we gather as family ay our Lord’s Table. What could be a 52 plus times a year horizontal tradition is instead transformed into a very vertical, one gathering at a time at the feet of our savior.
Today my prayer is one of thanks. Thanks to my God who gave his son as my savior. Thanks to my Savior for submitting to his Father’s will for a sinner like me. Finally, another thanks to all the men in our congregation, who take the time to create meditations and conquer their own fears, schedules, and confidence to share their insights at Communion time and in the process helping it to remain sacred for the rest of us.
Cary Howie @ DCC