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Communion and birthdays
4/15/2008 8:39:09 PM by: Elsi

Birthdays come with a variety of markers: you’re five, so you can start kindergarten … ten is the first two-digit age … at 13 you’re a teenager, no longer a child … you can drive at 16, vote at 18, and get a senior discount at 55. Or, look at the decades: ten is two digits … 20 is no longer a teen but an adult … 30—we used to say, never trust anyone over 30 …40 is a good biblical number … 50 is half a century and (for Paul) the year of jubilee! … and so it goes … Or you can track other patterns—my age will be a prime number this year … my birthday fell on Easter in 1995 and 2006, and they won’t match again till 2017 … I taught several students the answer to 8 x 7 the year I was 56, because they were so excited to know how old their teacher was … But, whether your years in life are long or short, a birthday celebrates how long we’ve been on this earth, when we first arrived here. That’s not necessarily earth-shattering, but it’s pretty major for the individual! The birthday is when we remember that event. And Communion is when we remember what God did that was earth-shattering; it changed the world forever. And if we are believing Christians, Communion is when we remember that we accepted what He did for us. We just started studying Mark in church, so let’s go with what he tells us about Communion: "While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is My body.’ Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. "This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many," He said to them. Remember. Remember how your life has been changed … for eternity! Remember ... always remember ...



Comments

4/16/2008 10:28:15 PM
   
  Happy, blessed birthday, dear Elsi! How did Lady and Dolphin mark their mama's special day?
   
  Jane,  
   

4/16/2008 6:42:25 AM
   
  Happy 61st! I hope you spend it with good friends.
   
  Calvin,  
   
 

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