Within theological conversations the topic of last things is always a reference to eschatology. The study of last things, the end of time, the return of Christ, the fulfillment of spiritual history. Some folks spend their lives thinking about such things. I don't want to discount the focus on eschatology but that is not where my heart is today.
Today, I am thinking about the fact that I will be officiating the sacrament of the Lord's Supper for the last time with our Wilson faith community. One by one I will serve the cup and the loaf as a sign of God's presence in our lives today. Piece by piece the loaf will be broken. Person by person the words will be spoken. "This is the Body of Christ, broken for you." "This is the cup of the New Covenant offered for you."
July 5, 2009 was the first time I had a chance to speak those words within the Wilson community. Pastor Keith Watson and I served together on that day. In one month, I will speak the same words within the context of the Parker United Methodist Church. Both settings will bring great blessing.
But here is the real blessing...the same Lord (who has been present since the waters of creation swirled together to bring light, land, and laughter) will be right there every time those sacred words are spoken.
Prayer + Repentance x Trust in God = the fresh wind of the Spirit
This is my body, broken for you...today!