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Communion Meditations (2021)

 

Grandmother

Originally scheduled for May 30

Every child should be given a full complement of grandparents. Despite the brilliant “new thinking” of our day, grandchildren learn from their grandparents in ways that are different. Such a case came to a nine-year-old girl. Having seen her grandmother’s enthusiasm for sewing, she decided she would like to learn how to do it herself. Grandma said she would help, so the young lady went out and purchased a pattern for her first garment. Unfortunately, the pattern in question was well beyond a beginner’s ability. As you can imagine, the garment did not take shape in the way the picture on the cover said it would.

This might’ve been very discouraging, but grandma’s patience was up to the task. Each night, while her granddaughter slept, she would remove the awkward and clumsy stitching her granddaughter had put in. She would replace it with her own, well practiced stitches. As a result, the garment turned out to be quite serviceable and looked quite well-made. It was not until many years later that the young lady learned what her grandmother had done. By her patient work, her grandmother had instilled in her a love for sewing which still persists to this day.

Patience is often thought of as being a passive virtue. It synonym seems to be, “just wait.” But this is not always the case; patience is often an active virtue.

 

Patience comes in a number of forms. We can see it in these ways if we will simply look for it. Here are some thoughts:

·         Compassion is a form of patience, especially with those who are young or those who are new to the faith. Beginners make mistakes. These might be pointed out, but it is much more compassionate to point them out after having fixed them. The beginner learns not only what to do correctly but that you care about it.

·         Perseverance is a form of patience. This is true even if you can’t see an end to your perseverance. Many people conclude that if something can’t be done in their own lifetime, it cannot be done. But this is false! Sometimes Paul needs to pass his tasks on to Timothy.

·         Patience can also be a demonstration of mercy (see 1st Timothy 1:16). Often enough our patience is sorely tried by the self-righteous. It is hard to be merciful with such person. It is also necessary; as necessary as long as need be.

 

Communion is a reminder of God’s patience with us. It begins by reminding us of his mercy, new every morning. We receive communion on a regular basis so that we might remember that his mercy is available. Even for those who need it 7×70, it remains available.

It’s also a reminder of his perseverance with us. He has placed on us no limit as to the number of times we can repent; he has also placed no limit on us as to how long it will take us to come around. The God who created heaven and earth evidently has a bit more patience than we do.

But that patience will not last forever. We know, as part of communion, that we are to take this bread and cup in remembrance of him “until he comes again.” Judgment day is coming. Until then, God is patient with you. Remember that — and then eat and drink in remembrance of him.

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