I enjoy meeting people from every Earth corner who shine His love, family in our family of God, neighbors close and far. I am amazed at the connection between Christians. Diversity of people will always show Oneness in Spirit because soul-source LOVE is Sole-Sourced.
I am thrilled to have met my friend Helen while sharing Holy Communion couple years ago. I heard the pastor speak her name when he gave her the communion bread, so I actually excitedly said “Helen is my mom’s name!” while holding the cup for her to dip her bread, then of course said “The blood of Jesus, shed for you”.
We remember Jesus at communion when breaking bread. Jesus told us to remember Him and also taught us about God the Father, showed Himself to be the Christ – the Alpha and Omega, and promised to ask for us to receive the Holy Spirit. We are to remember Who is, was, and will be our dynamic Living God forever. Heavenly-given Love plus earthly-received Love Shines as One LOVE. It is IN God and THRU God we remember LOVE.
I partook in communion on Easter Sunday, twice. Being in double church community was a blessing and still is. First it was a sunrise service and I remember looking over at my dear friend Helen on her bench from my personal socially distanced bench and wondering if she didn’t get a communion cup. But I saw the big bag of cups be carried up front just prior and I am sure she could have grabbed one. Instead I saw her sitting in peace of communion WITH the Spirit, her peace showed me a beaming Spirit, just appreciative to be there. Later she told me (without me asking) that she was waiting for the later Easter service to take communion with her husband, also a very dear friend. Sweet. That’s a devotion of love for sure. I appreciate love modeled by long-loving couples. Having both vaccinations this Easter felt so sweet for her and for many folks who are able to return to seeing people with less fear and witness more faith, telling of how the Lord had sustained them just within the last year, let alone forever.
We love to remember Jesus in communion sharing and breaking of bread – and He remembers and loves us both in our crumbs and our completeness, especially since He shows up everywhere and everytime 2 or 3 meet in His name. Easter sunrise was full (I grabbed one of the last benches) and later Easter normal time was full (I also was in one of the last socially distanced pews with a fellow favorite Easter chick). Easter can continue everyday as the Spirit empowers life and forever empties death’s tomb. In other words, thanks to Jesus, the Holy Spirit has us coming and going in GRACE.
But as Jesus is sharing His Spirit, He is WAITING to once again physically break bread and drink of the cup WITH US. He told His disciples that He would not drink from the cup from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” We will relieve Heaven’s wait when we see Heaven’s gate. In the meantime, it is our Living Spirit that makes us praise in the present as well as remember the past and appreciate salvation for our future. We are not worthy but Jesus works His Glory for our inclusion into Our Father’s Fellowship. He gave it all so All could be given.
Love creates more love. Our cups when emptied are refilled and Jesus always gives us more than our portion of love.
Although I didn’t communion with my friend Helen over the past year I certainly “COMMUNITY-ED” with her – thru email and occasional meetings in convenient parking lots to exchange mask elastic, sewing ministry dresses, and laughter. I think the Holy Spirit made good use of this past year in folks ready to share labors of love. Why wouldn’t He? God does not change, but He does exchange much: hope over heartache, mission over misery, life over loss. His Spirit gives life trajectory over trouble.
Even though there were many empty inside church pews over the last year, the Spirit was very busy filling hearts, and many of those hearts are now ready to spill out extra love… In communion and community, nothing fills us more than the Holy Spirit making common connections in an uncommon way.
For His Way IS the Way and IS above all understanding. Remember Jesus in all. and IN ALL, remember Jesus.
Until we meet again, Jesus, we will remember You. When we meet our heavenly friends here on Earth, we will remember You too.
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly…