Advent Reading – December 19, 2017

Val Burron – Worship Design Team

1 Corinthians 11:23-25, Matthew 5:6,
Psalm 34:8, Philippians 1:6

For many years I have tried to be intentional about writing down and recording things I’m thankful for. It’s an effective way to honor the Lord for His faithfulness and to be reminded of how often He has invaded my reality with His. I find myself needing constant visible reminders of noteworthy moments that have moved me closer to His heart. As we were going through family photos in preparation for our son’s wedding, we were flooded with wonderful memories and many milestones of our life together as a family. Pictures will do that. Recently I’ve added another bulletin board to the wall just above my desk where I have a collage of pictures. Some are of people. Some are of events. Some are of objects. Each one triggers an emotion and memory that has marked my spiritual journey over the past year. Yes, I know, I’ve made photo ops out of sacred moments! Only the Lord and I know the full impact of their significance. It’s how I document my personal history with Him in a way that I will remember, and I think He’s ok with my methods.

The Lord understands the power of remembering and the importance of keeping an image or idea in front of you, especially when it comes to His divine purposes for His church. It is evident every time we partake of Communion. In 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 Jesus models gratitude by giving thanks and then asks us to do something else every time we eat the bread and drink the cup – to remember Him and to proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. It is a prophetic declaration of Christ’s return.

I would like to encourage you to take what is most often a public act and make it private. Now picture this – Him sitting there with you, because the host is always present at His own table. He says come hungry and allow me to fill you (Matthew 5:6). Taste and see that I am good (Psalm 34:8). Then take the emblems in your hands. Give thanks. Remember Him. This is a meal of honor and celebration for all that the Lord has done on our behalf. You are completely covered by the power of His blood. Nothing can touch you there. You can ask anything in His name.

We leave His table with the same standing orders every time. Be carriers of My presence wherever you go. You have been nourished, now nourish others.

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6