SPIRITUAL POST-IT NOTES - Communion Meditation
He forgot . . . and twice in one week. First, he forgot to arrange transportation to a doctor’s appointment. Then, while at the appointment, he forgot to regather all his possessions before leaving. Neither incident was a big deal, but it did take time to sort things out, and it did cause inconvenience and frustration.
There are tools and techniques for remembering and staying on track. And these days, even phones and watches can remind us of upcoming events and chide us if we are being lazy. In this crazy multitasking world, some people need all the help they can get!
Wouldn’t it be great if God gave us a smart watch to remind us to pay attention to certain things? He has, in fact, done something like that, but better. He created spiritual Post-it notes because he knows we so easily forget the things that matter most.
One spiritual Post-it note is Communion. Jesus established the event and then called on us, his disciples, to live with it. This is of very practical importance because we so often forget what really matters in life. We are distracted by things that shimmer and shine. We get caught up in the “tyranny of the urgent.”
Ezekiel 16 offers an example of forgetfulness. It tells a story that compares the nation of Israel to an abandoned baby girl. God saved the baby from sure death. He cared for her. He married her. He loved her and provided for her. She, to the surprise of all, was then ungrateful and unfaithful. She (Israel) betrayed God’s trust and became a prostitute. We are told it happened, in part, because Israel “did not remember” who they were without God, what he had done for them, and how they came to enjoy the life he had given them.
Communion is a forget-me-not type of thing. Each time we participate, we are called back to things that matter most. It is as if God is saying, “Hey, whatever you do, don’t forget what I have done for you through Jesus.”
Talking with God
One day while tending his sheep, Moses spotted a burning bush. It was a curious sight because as the fire blazed, the bush was not consumed.
Moses walked over to the bush, and the voice of the Lord called from within:
"Here I am," he replied.
"Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground."
Moses was afraid.
God then had a conversation with Moses and shared His plan to rescue the Israelites from Egyptian enslavement.
"So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt."
I've never audibly heard God's voice, and I would guess most of us have not.
But God still speaks today often in a still, small voice.
So how do we hear God's voice?
What is your name?
I have been called by many names. When my mother was upset with me she would call me Paul Harrison. I have been called dad, grandpa, PaPa, father, brother, best friend, dear cousin. and a craftsman. Because I like to make things out of wood.
Preacher, pastor, minister and Rev. Also I been called stupid. In high school I was called bonze by my friends. Because I was tall and thin.
All of us have names we're called in addition to the ones on our birth certificates. Sometimes others give the names and sometimes they are self-imposed. ,
But God calls· each of His sons and daughters by different names .
Spring is a beautiful time of year.
Flowers bloom. Trees bud. Babies are everywhere. Daylight saving time provides an extra hour of sun nightly. Barbecues, backyards, and baseball are back.
Springtime is a testimony to God’s redemption. As temperatures warm, the snow and ice melt, the days lengthen, and a new world emerges from winter hibernation. What was dead now has life. What was brown now is green. What was dark now is light.
It’s no wonder God used the spring of the year to release his final redemptive act to mankind. The Easter story is perfectly pitched in the spring, when a world, gripped by evil frost and sinful darkness, is melted by the power of a single Son rise.
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