Lent Day 20: Walking in Our Brokenness
35 They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.
On the first Sunday of the month many churches participate in a communion service. In this service there is a serving of the wine and the bread to remember the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is in the breaking of bread and drinking of crushed grapes that we can experience new life, abundant life in Jesus.
Just like the men on the road to Emmaus, they did experience Jesus, but did not know it was him until after the breaking of bread. It was in that moment that their eyes were opened to the one that is life and offers new life.
As we look at the whole story and our own lives, new life will occur only if we are willing to walk with Jesus, in our honest brokenness before Jesus and our honest fellowship with others in that brokenness. Then and only then will we experience the new life he offers.
All three elements are critical. We need the word of God, the Spirit of God and the authentic and honest fellowship with God’s people to experience new life.
We are all broken people, but to deny it can cause a snare. If we want real healing, we need each other.
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
We do not want to miss this new life of power and gratitude because of our refusal to walk through the process of transformation.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
While we walk through the valley we won’t stay there, but we do have to walk through the valley. We do have to embrace our brokenness to experience the new life. At the communion table we come to fellowship with God and one another. Both are essential for transformation.
“We can be on our way with new life and new energy, and new noticing about the need in the world and the resources for healing, seeing now the old enemies are really needy neighbors, seeing that what looked like scarcity is enough when shared, enough to feed a crowd when there is gratitude. And we find that we are less greedy, less anxious, less coercive, less preoccupied, because we are able to rest our lives and our bodies down in the bottomless goodness of God.”
So today let’s come to the table ready to receive the new life he offers and begin a new journey of communion with Jesus and his people.
“Lord meet us once again at the tables of our lives. Command us once again to love as you have loved us. Empower us once again to live the story. Amen.”