What a precious time we had at our Women’s Tea! We enjoyed beautiful table settings, joyful and kind service by the table hosts, delicious food, and an honest challenge from Karen Pennington to take time for friendships. Godly friendships are both a gift—and a responsibility from God! I believe all of us met and made new friends during our time together!
As we ponder the celebrations we had for Memorial Day, let's continue to remember those who died in military service for our country. Many have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy! The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." (I Corinthians 11:23-25)
The communion table is a remembrance of the Lord’s new covenant. The Greek word for remembrance, anamnesis, is used. It means “reminder.” It is a reminder to us that our sins have been paid for. There is now no condemnation. It is a reminder to the enemy that our sins have been paid for, and we are children of the King—don’t mess with us! It is a reminder to the Lord that we know we are His children; we thank Him for paying the price, and we depend upon this covenant—we trust in it and will live like we trust in this covenant! In I Corinthians 11:26, Paul exhorts us to proclaim Christ’s death—by taking communion—until He returns again. We do this continually—not until it is someone else’s turn or because our shift is over. No! We are to proclaim His death until He returns. We are like a child doing his chores, being the obedient son until his father returns to keep his promise of a fishing trip. There is a sense of urging when we take communion. It is like saying, “Here we are, Father, remembering Christ’s death; He paid a terrible price; we are thanking You for it. Please, please let Him come back soon to get us.”
Each year we remember the death of those who gave their lives for our country; how much more we should regularly remember the ONE who gave His life for our souls and our eternal life!
Love and Prayers,