In Remembrance of Me

broken.breadOn Sunday, we had communion at church.  My church serves wafers and wine and the congregation always sings songs while communion is served.  That day, we sang my favorite communion song, “In Remembrance of Me.”

It is a song that reminds us of what Jesus did for us and want He wanted us to do.  He wanted us to love one another as He loved us, to care of each other, and to support each other.

Here are the powerful words:

  • “In remembrance of Me, eat this bread. In remembrance of Me, eat this wine.
  • In remembrance of Me, pray for the time when God’s own will is done.
  • In remembrance of Me, heal the sick.
  • In remembrance of Me, feed the poor.
  • In remembrance of Me, open the door.  And let your brother in, let him in.
  • Take, eat, and be comforted.  Drink and remember too.
  • That this is My body and precious blood shed for you, shed for you.
  • In remembrance of Me, search for truth.
  • In remembrance of Me, always love.
  • In remembrance of Me, do look above, and in your heart, look in your heart for God.
  • Do this in remembrance of Me.”

Isn’t this an amazing song?  It made me tear up yesterday since much of this is not happening anymore.  So much of our society is not living like this or loving like this.  I hope that we can learn to love this way again and remember to care for our fellow men, women, and children.

I am not saying that we do things that could harm ourselves, our families, or our neighbors.  I don’t want that, but there is plenty that can be done, if we just think about the many needs and see what we can do to help.

A few examples: My church provides meals once a month to the homeless.  We rotate with other churches at a homeless shelter.  Last winter, my church had a coat drive and gave coats to those in need.  A few weeks ago, the youth group went to a local store and gave away gift cards on a random acts of kindness day.

As in many cities, there is a need of hungry children.  So the local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts go once a month and work with another church in town to help prepare bags that are then delivered to the schools and those who need them.  Ian and I have done that a few times.  We talked about the fact that kids often need food to be sure they have enough on the weekends.

For many years, my family has raised money for a needy family in lieu of gifts for each of the adults.  It is rewarding and has really helped a few other families.  And, after a wildfire in the Smoky Mountains, Dolly Parton held a telethon raising money for thousands of families who lost everything.

Small things can make a huge difference, if only we will work together.  My prayer is that we will.  Just imagine what we could accomplish if we would come together?  I hope and pray that we will consider what we can do to help someone in need.

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5 Minute Friday – Broken

5minutefriday5 Minute Friday Word for March 29 is Broken

This is my second week for trying out the 5 Minute Friday.  Today’s topic is Broken.  Here were the rules.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

Okay, here are my 5 minutes of writing:

Broken seems like a great word for today, Good Friday.  This was the day that Jesus was broken physically and then crucified on a cross for me.  Amazing to think about.

He went through more physical pain than I can even fathom because He loves me and you.  Wow!

Broken also makes me think of the time that I fell and broke my arm.  That was painful and took time to heal.  Thankfully I only had a hairline fracture and not an all-the-way through the bone beak.

Broken also is how my heart feels for a family in a nearby county whose 14-year-old daughter died either last night or this morning.  At the moment I can’t remember what she had, but I did see her beautiful face this week on the news.  She was very sick.

On her bucket list was the wish to go to prom.  She was planning to go until she got very sick this week and instead had to go to the local children’s hospital.  Her community then brought the prom to her at the hospital.  She was able to look out her window and see her friends and family there for her.

Isn’t that awesome?  I must admit that I cried when I heard about this.  This beautiful child was so very sick.  I can’t even imagine what her family must be feeling today.  Hopefully they can take comfort that she is in Heaven and no longer sick or in pain.

But as any parent can attest, that will take a while to get to.  It is only natural to grieve the loss of a child.  And knowing you won’t be able to see them or hug them again takes time.  I have a dear person in my family dealing with this very thing.  My thoughts and prayers are with her and her immediate family as well.

broken.breadBack to Jesus and being broken.  Last night at the Maundy Thursday service, we ate Christ’s body broken for us and drank the wine.

In the sermon, our pastor said if you think you have it all together, you aren’t welcome to partake.  He wanted us to realize that we are all broken and that our Lord is there to heal us.  It was a thought-provoking message and the perfect one for the service.

I wonder when I am broken if I will know who to seek for comfort.  I will hope and pray that I do.

Read more thoughts on “Broken” at Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday link-up today.