Key Verses 26-28: It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."
The table is set and you are welcome. Even if you show up "a day late and a dollar short", as the saying goes, you are still welcome. Sometimes, we do not get the invitation and we are upset. Maybe, we don’t get the invitation in the right way or through the right person. We might want to set the table our own way or serve something fabulous that no one else is serving. If you wonder what meal or party this is…..I am talking about Church.
We have people who have pulled a chair up at God’s table after a lifetime of confusion. Others go through periods of ignoring God completely and hoping He would go away. Then there are those who sit for decades on the fence over issues of faith and worship. God has set a place for each and every one of these individuals. God welcomes us, despite our doubt, fear and even our tardiness. God welcomes those who try to take control and those who have definite menu’s for this dinner party.
I like to think we are welcome to a round table, where there is no head spot. No line. No one honored guest. God’s table where everyone feel’s included and serves each other. There I go again, wanting to create and design God’s table.
Guide me, O Holy one, into a space for renewal.
Guide me, O Holy one into an Unclenched moment-
A deep breath, a letting go…of to do lists and Thanksgiving groceries and expectations.
Guide me, O holy one,
So that I may be filled with the joy that is you. Amen
Michelle Thomas Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.
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