Great Plains Daily Devotional for 5/20/2022

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Today's Lectionary Text

Mark 14: 22-24

While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, "Take; this is my body. Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it.  He said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many."

Today's Devotional

When I was young, I attended a church which was non-sacramental. As such there was no emphasis at Easter on the Last Supper. It was not until I was an adult and joined the UMC that I celebrated holy communion. In my home church, the observance of communion was a bit sporadic without much of a structured pattern, so I did not attach great significance to it. When I became a pastor, the first few churches I served had a regular pattern of communion on the first Sunday of the month, but it was still more ritual than life-changing moment. It was not until my last appointment before I retired that I served a church who celebrated the Eucharist every Sunday and I loved it. I loved it even though it is sometimes difficult to work everything into the service and also do communion, but for me, I was at last able to send people forth into a broken world knowing that Christ was broken for them and the world, so they might be made whole. 

Years before I had begun to form a sacramental theology of brokenness that is made whole by Jesus. Partly it was due to reading a novel by Stephanie Kallos called “Broken for You.” It is a powerful novel about the lives of some artsy, quirky characters who tell us so much about brokenness in our lives, and the power of love to heal our wounds, and repair our broken parts. The two central characters are Margaret, who is dying of cancer, and who lives in huge Seattle mansion filled with rare collectible porcelain and china; and Tink, an artist who is deeply broken by abandonment of her parents and then her lover. The two come together and Margaret knows that her father’s porcelain collection was mostly stolen from Jews during the Holocaust who had everything taken away from them. She realizes it might be healing to break the ill-gotten collection, and so the two of them shatter piece after piece of porcelain art, by throwing it down on the concrete patio. BUT the incredible part is ... Tink begins to look at the shattered china shards everywhere and she starts to put them back together as a mosaic, and in the process of making something new out of all the brokenness, Tink finds healing for herself. I cannot do justice to this story in a short time, but overlaid on what I have said, are all the other characters who are broken in some way too, and how it is not glue that puts us back together but love. 

This is such an important message for us as individuals and for us collectively. When my life was broken in little pieces, I took the pieces to Jesus, and said I’m sorry I have broken this -- can you put it back together? And He said yes! He said, “you can be made whole again from all these broken pieces, because I was broken for you!” This is also what Jesus does for the disciples and everyone he met and for the world.  

-- Rev. Galen Wray, retired elder

Prayer for Reflection

When we are feeling the brokenness of our lives and for the world around us, help us to remember that you willingly died for us that we might be made whole again. Amen. 


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