Communing with Jesus
I entered the sanctuary.
I looked around.
I saw the smiling faces of my family.
We exchanged hellos and hugs.
I sat down in the pew.
My eye caught the communion table.
I had forgotten it was communion Sunday.
I took a deep breath and then let out a soft sigh.
I was home.
I miss home.
I miss family.
A friend sat down next to me.
The music played.
My eyes kept looking at the table that was so beautifully set.
Something was different.
What was it?
I couldn’t take my eyes off the way the sheet was draped over the table.
I knew what was under there.
But was that really what it was?
Somehow it was different today.
or was it me?
I kept staring at it while the music played.
I couldn’t take my eyes off of it.
It was almost as if a body was laying there
under the sheet.
That was crazy!
Maybe that’s what God wanted me to see.
in preparation for me.
Why had I never noticed this before?
Was it my vantage point?
Was it my heart?
or was I just hungry to see Jesus?
I imagined the sheet rising and Jesus coming forth.
My yearning to see Christ was strong and relentless.
The Pastor began to preach.
My eyes still watched the sheet
and my ears heard about the beauty that awaited there.
It comes in many ways.
This day it was enveloping all of my senses.
I felt myself leaning in
to hear what God had to say to me
through the pastor.
It was as if God was speaking directly
into the depths of my heart.
watering my dry spirit
encouraging my soul
and feeding my heart.
I ached for it.
He spoke about the beauty of the bride
and the way a groom’s eyes twinkle
when the bride enters the sanctuary
on their wedding day.
He explained that this was how God
was going to see us when he comes back.
His eyes would be twinkling
and he wouldn’t see anyone else but me.
The beauty of Christ will catch our eye
and we will never be able to look away
never be able to take our eyes off of Him.
Oh how I long for that day.
More than riches or treasures.
Christ is our treasure.
Our ONLY treasure.
The tears of my soul let loose.
They slid down my cheeks in joy.
No sadness here.
Only joy in hearing God’s promises.
The sheet was removed to reveal the Body of Christ
in the form of bread and juice.
I had already seen the beautiful body of Christ
through the wonderful words spoken by God’s anointed messenger.
I took the bread and juice
recalling to mind what Christ did for me.
He took it all
every curse, spit, slap, flog
flesh falling away
silent screams of agony
to reveal the beauty
and newness of life
that awaits us.
are you ready?
are you preparing to meet your groom?
are you prepared to meet the eyes
of the One who loves you?
Get ready because time is short
in a twinkle of the eye…