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Communion Meditations (2021)

 

Cuckoo Clock

Originally scheduled for November 7

Despite the fact that the technology of making clocks has moved on past the old-fashioned cuckoo clock, many homes still have one. They are rather decorative, and more than that they provide a sense of comfort. The device is rhythmic, and therefore its sound is quite predictable. The sound itself is not too loud, but it’s sharp enough to be present constantly. It is completely predictable and therefore comfortable. Once an hour, a wooden cuckoo emerges and tells you the time. It is a nice background sound. It is so soothing, in fact, that most of us can sleep through it. The cuckoo clock still runs in the middle of the night — and most of us think that sound means all is well. It is a comfortable sound.

It should be noted, however, that this effect is not without its work. Depending on the clock type, the weights need to be hoisted back up either once a day or once a week. If you don’t do this, the clock stops.

In a way, Communion is like that cuckoo clock. It’s a rhythmic activity; we do it once a week, or once a month or on some other schedule. But it’s predictable; we therefore get used to it. It’s not particularly disturbing. Communion meditations like this one tend to be low key, not thunder from the pulpit. It’s not too disturbing but rather routine and predictable. Most of us can’t sleep through it — but we can sleepwalk through it.

You see, communion has an equivalent to hoisting those weights. It’s called self-examination. If you’re not willing to do this, communion will quickly lose its comforting effect. So how does someone examine himself for communion? Here are some thoughts on that:

·        Are you constantly in conflict with other people? Is it just possible that the source of the conflict might not be entirely their fault?

·        Is there something in your life that you keep so secret that you would never disclose it to others? Did you think that God does not know about it? Take it to Him in prayer to work out your repentance.

·        Is your prayer life stunted and withering? Who moved — you or God?

The comfort of forgiveness, the assurance of heaven and the promise of his great return are all implied in communion. Self-examination and repentance keep it that way. Examine, repent — repeat.

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