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Communion Meditations (2006)


Originally delivered June 4

It is very popular in these days to have the piano or organ played during the Communion service.  It does expedite things somewhat, but at a price. 

If the music is not playing, you might just suddenly find yourself alone with your thoughts.  This might mean that He is going to structure your thoughts, not you.

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to judge someone else during Communion.  We do this in Christian charity, of course.  The formula in other places is to end each condemnation with the phrase, “bless his heart.”  By such measures we assist the Almighty in determining who is and is not a sinner. 

If that doesn’t work, then we may find ourselves slipping into a time of praise to God.  We remember His greatness; we remember His compassion; we remember just about anything that will allow the sleeping worms to be still.  The one thing we don’t want is honest self-examination;  that might cause repentance and reconciliation.

Of course there is another method.  It takes a few weeks to get down this low, but you can use the time to bring up your complaints in the trials of this life.  If you talk slowly enough, this will use up the time.  One should point out, however, that you’re complaining to a man who was crucified in your place—which does tend to render our irritations rather trivial.

If you would proceed in the way which is profitable, things are different.  First and foremost you must come prepared to judge yourself.  It is best to be prepared beforehand;  otherwise you will run out of time.  Confess; then remember that confession alone means nothing (unless there’s a plea bargain).  If there is confession, there must be repentance.  It is a hard and sober thing, but necessary.  And then do you not see that reconciliation is next?  How can you be at peace with God if you will not forgive one of His children?

Then you may bring your praise.  Praise Him for the swiftness of His forgiveness.  Reverence His holy name.  Be at peace with Him, and reconciled.

There is a very curious action that medical doctors have observed.  When a man is talking with his family physician, he is more likely to give you important information as he leaves the room.  It’s called “the hand on the doorknob” speech.  You save the worst for last, and give him no time to react this time.  Then he can tell his wife that he mentioned it to the doctor, who seemed to have no reaction to it.

Do not be like this in Communion.  Start with your confession; not end with it.  Give the Helper time to be the Healer.

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