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Communion Meditations (2020)

 

Tumbleweed

Originally scheduled for November 1

The lights in the theater grow dim; the screen lights up and an image forms. In the background a single harmonica begins to wail. The sound of the wind blowing introduces a round plant rolling by — it’s a tumbleweed. It’s the icon of the Old West.

The tumbleweed is a curious plant. It spreads by generating seeds in amongst its thorns, snapping off of its roots and letting the wind take it where it will, spreading seeds along the way. Wherever the wind is blowing, that’s where it’s going. Do you know people like that? Whatever today’s wind says for direction, that’s the way they go. Keep up with the latest fashion, move to the right neighborhood, make more money than your neighbor does.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell a tumbleweed from a pilgrim. Both of them appear to be wanderers. Neither of them seems to be in charge of its direction or path. The one great distinction between the pilgrim and the tumbleweed is this: destination. The wind may know where the tumbleweed is going, but the tumbleweed does not, nor does it care. The pilgrim, on the other hand, knows precisely where he is going. How is this?

At the Last Supper, Christ told us where the pilgrims are all going. After taking the bread and the wine, Christ made this statement:

"But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's kingdom."

(Matthew 26:29 NASB)

 

We are told later, in Revelation, more about the destination: the New Heaven and New Earth. To take communion is to proclaim that Christ is returning to judge the living and the dead and to welcome his followers into his kingdom for all of eternity. At that time the pilgrim’s wandering will cease; he will be home.

As you partake this morning, remember what you are saying to the world. You proclaim that this bread represents his body, broken for you and all who love him. You proclaim this cup represents his blood, shed for you and all who love him. You proclaim that you are a pilgrim, going home. Remember the price he paid so that you might be welcomed in your new home.

 

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