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Communion Meditations (2016)

Slide Whistle

Originally scheduled forApril 3

One of the constant bits of humor in a Roadrunner cartoon is Wile E. Coyote falling off the cliff. This is almost always accompanied by a long blast on a slide whistle — that’s that funny sound the keeps going down in pitch until the puff of dust arises from the canyon below. Most of the time you also see the coyote suddenly realize what’s about to happen. You, of course, saw it just a little bit before he did. You know what’s coming, and come it does. Have you ever asked yourself why Wile E. never seems to learn that this is going to happen? Hasn’t he fallen off enough cliffs yet to understand that this is going to occur? No. So why is that? Simple. Wile E. Coyote is a genius; indeed, a super genius. This is coupled with the fact that he seems to forgotten everything that happened in the last cartoon. Genius plus forgetfulness equals pratfall.

Some people live like that. Comedy and tragedy are the same art, said Aristotle. And in some lives it’s not comic, it’s tragic. Sometimes it starts simply with, “hey y’all, hold my beer and watch this!” Sometimes it’s planned out in detail. It doesn’t matter; my mother’s advice still applies: “don’t do dumb things.” Why is this? You may be a genius, you may have all the knowledge in the world, but the slide whistle still applies if you have no wisdom. But the solution is at hand. James put it this way:

James 1:5 NASB  But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.


So the wisdom is available — but it doesn’t do you much good if you forget it at the end of the cartoon. It’s the same thing in life; if you forget the wisdom you have been given, it is of no use to you.

God knows this. For the most important wisdom in your life he has given you a reminder, called Communion. It is a reminder of some of the things you really need to remember:

·         No, you cannot handle sin and trouble by yourself. You will need God’s help, which often comes through His church.

·         By the power of his shed blood, forgiveness is at hand. He asks you for your repentance, freely offering his forgiveness.

·         Ultimately, Communion reminds you of this: the God of the universe, creator of all things, loves you with a love beyond your comprehension.

As you partake, remember the love and sacrifice it took to bring you into a right relationship with God. It’s not funny, it’s not tragic, but it is holy.

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