Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | April 2, 2015

April 2, 2015 “The String Around The Finger”

“Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’” (Luke 22: 19)

Good morning fellow Prayer Warriors!
   It’s Maundy Thursday…the day Christians around the world commemorate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, remembering as we partake of the bread and the cup the greatest act of love the world has ever known. In my home and office are reminders of all sorts: pictures of my children at various states of development in their lives…reminders of places I have visited and of churches I have served over the past 40 years. They serve as reminders of the experiences of my nearly 66 years of living. They are like the proverbial “string around the finger”, lest we forget with the passing of time. It is good that we have reminders of things that have shaped our lives, for as we age, the ‘file cabinet” of our mind gets cluttered and we do tend to forget things. Jesus understood this, and provided us with physical reminders of his passion in the elements of the sacrament. Do this in remembrance of me, he said. Paul added, “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup you do show the Lord’s death til he comes.”  Centuries before, David wrote “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”  
 
   As we pray, it is good to remind ourselves of God’s benefits and of his never-failing love, so dramatically demonstrated on the cross. Let us daily come to the Lord and strengthen ourselves in him as we remember all his benefits. Those reminders will strengthen and encourage us as we face a world full of challenges, and as we remember, we will affirm, as did Paul, that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Isn’t this a great time to remember? Isn’t this a great time to pray?  Let’s pray:
“Gracious God,
   You have forgiven our sins on the cross. You have healed us from the sting of death. Your blood redeems us from the jaws of hell. You have surrounded us with steadfast love and mercy. You provide us with all we need for living. You have renewed our strength. We bless you and praise you, O God. Minister to our hearts today, and may our lips be filled with praise throughout this day. To God be the glory now and forevermore. Amen”

 

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