One of the most sacred sacraments in Christian faith is the Lord’s Supper, also known as Communion or The Eucharist. Today’s interlude is called “Come To the Table” and echoes Jesus’ words for us to receive His sacrifice for our sins. This interlude is accompanied by a special music video with beautiful imagery of the bread, the wine, and the Table.
Luke 22: 17-20, KJV
17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves:
18For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
Stones. Young David in the Bible used a stone and a sling to conquer the feared giant, Goliath. Stones. Some in the Bible used them to execute justice on sinners who violated the Law. Once, Jesus even rescued a woman who was about to be stoned to death. She’d actually committed a crime that was punishable by stoning in that culture yet he drew some mysterious something on the ground and simply said “let whoever is without sin be the first one to throw a stone”. (John 8:7, paraphrased)
Stones are like words. They can be used to rescue but they can also be used to judge. Stones, like words, may seem insignificant. If you throw them into a lake they just sink to the bottom; yet, there is a ripple effect that extends far beyond the reach of the actual stone.
I’ve taken a short break from recording these interludes as I worked to release the first compilation of interludes into an album. Now as I begin a new week I have been questioning my own words, my own actions, my own reactions, and how they impact others. It’s a sobering thought.
My hope is that as you listen, you will be moved to consider these things.
Today’s interlude is called “Speak to Me”. It was inspired by the story of young Samuel in 1 Samuel 3 of the Bible. In this story Samuel hears a voice calling his name but does not realize it’s the voice of God. He goes to his priest, Eli and says to him “here I am, you called me” and Eli has to tell him that he did not call him. After the third time Eli realized what was happening and suggested that young Samuel return to his rest and to listen for that voice. If the voice calls out to Samuel again he was told to respond “Speak, Lord for your servant is listening”.
I am quite confident that God’s voice is speaking to us many times and we do not recognize it. Perhaps it’s drowned out from all the noise of the world or perhaps we mistake it for something else.
My hope is that as you listen to this interlude that it will prepare you to be still and listen for that voice.