Ronald Heinze of Albuquerque, NM, USA
Remember his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations…. -1 Chronicles 16:15
I was walking home after a day of work. The streets of Jerusalem were busy as I stopped to help a woman load sacks on her mule. An old man sitting in the shade was watching the people go by. He barely returned a smile from his sun-lined face. There was something in the air that late afternoon. The past few days I had been thirsty and hungry, but not for food and drink. I yearned for something more fulfilling.
I approached two men who looked familiar. I had seen them with a man named Jesus. I had witnessed some of the parables that Jesus spoke. The two disciples stopped and shook my hand. One of them said, “Brother, we invite you this evening to supper. Jesus will join us.” I told them thank you but I was definitely not worthy of such an invitation. They told me I would be fed everything I yearned for. I thanked them but went a separate way.
I thought about what they said. Maybe I would be fed. It was an extraordinary invitation. They had asked me to come and partake with Jesus. Something in my heart told me to go, so I went to Mt. Zion where the disciples said to go. As I climbed the stairs to the candlelit room, there was a stir of conversation. I was greeted by several of Jesus’ apostles. We sat down and began to dine. Jesus looked at me with eyes that filled my heart and soul. He said, “Brother, you were invited this evening but told my disciples you were not worthy.” He touched my arm and said, “Your heart and faith guided you here and it is good.”
Jesus then took bread and wine and blessed them in the name of his Father. He broke the bread into pieces and gave it to all of us, saying, “This is my body, given for you, and that you will always remember me.” Then he took the cup of wine and, sharing it with us, said, “This wine is a token of God’s new covenant to save you, an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you.” After the meal, we went out to the Mount of Olives. I was truly filled.
Days passed after Jesus was crucified. I heard he had risen from the tomb. My thoughts went back to the Last Supper where we broke bread and drank the wine. I will always remember him.
Author’s note: Every communion service as the emblems are served, I re-live this inspiration in my mind, and His Spirit overwhelms me.
“For everything there is a season” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
Seasons of Life
The Christian calendar takes us through many kinds of seasons: religious seasons, seasons in nature, and seasons of the soul. Depending on where you live on this beautiful planet, you may be experiencing the heart of autumn or the hope of spring. A season is a time of transition, reminding us that life occurs in cycles, both inwardly and outwardly. Contemplate what season you find yourself in right now. Maybe you feel called to notice the signs of the shifting earth around you, or perhaps you are drawn to the condition of your soul as you discern what season of life is inviting your attention. How are you formed through all the seasons of life?
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