Today's Lectionary Text
To the leader. Of David. A Psalm.
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
Where can I go from your spirit?
For it was you who formed my inward parts;
O that you would kill the wicked, O God,
If you are at my local church on communion Sunday, chances are slim you will be first in line. That spot is taken by my daughter. She isn’t speedy, but she will beat you every time. Communion is one of her very favorite things we do at church.
Meredith is developmentally delayed and has some physical challenges. Church has always been a special place for her. Watching her as the communion liturgy starts is a real treat. If you look closely you can see the light in her eyes and the smile grow on her face. Next comes the bouncing. She cannot contain her excitement! A giggle or flat out laugh follows as we near the moment of invitation to the table. With her admittedly ungraceful gait she makes her way up to the table to be first in line to fully participate with our church family in this holy meal.
I don’t know what she understands about communion. I think she and Jesus have had conversations regarding what this holy mystery means. It’s decidedly not just a snack in the middle of church. I know in my bones she understands deeply the importance and most importantly the joy with which we should all approach the table.
It doesn’t matter if she has memorized verses of the Bible for class, because she hasn’t. It doesn’t matter that she can’t say the Lord’s Prayer perfectly, because she doesn’t speak. She can participate fully in communion because she is fully known by the Lord and is fearfully and wonderfully made.
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Prayer for Reflection
Father God, Thank you for your gift of invitation to relationship with You. Thank you for continuing to pursue us when we turn away and for loving us even when we are undeserving. Amen.
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