When we Forgot About the Real Bread and Wine

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Remember that Easter when you forgot about the real bread and wine?

The Easter that snuck up on you, the one you waited until the day before to run to Target amidst a frenzy of other frantic parents in the toy aisle, looking for something your children didn’t need to fill a basket they forgot they owned.  But then everything good was sold out, because the early bunny gets the worm. And you settled for some flamingo pjs instead.

Remember that Easter when you forgot about the real bread and wine?

The Easter that so quickly followed winter, you forgot to get new shoes for the kids and you worried that someone would notice their dingy sandals and protruding toes. Someone in Sunday school. Someone who was teaching them about the Resurrection.

Remember that Easter when you forgot about the real bread and wine?

The Easter you meant to learn about Lent, because growing up Evangelical, you’re a little behind the ballgame, but then you let that daily reading fall to the wayside, as your kids climbed all over you and your Bible and coffee in the early hours when you just wanted some quiet time. And you forgot to even start a fast.

Remember that Easter when you forgot about the real bread and wine?

Remember when you fretted over all of the traditions, just like some Pharisees you know, and traded the part about freedom and resurrection and sacrifice and Jesus and love for guilt.

Remember that Easter when you forgot about the real bread and wine?

And then you remembered-bread: God coming to Earth, born in a stable, living as a servant, and dying as a criminal…for me, for you.

Wine: the blood spilled to break the bond and loose the chains, the same chains we often keep ourselves shackled in.

The real bread says, you are free, you are forgiven, and you are redeemed, whether you keep the Lent, or buy the new shoes, and do or don’t do all the things culture and religion demand that you do. The real bread and wine is full of grace, abounding grace and that’s the only thing you’ll ever need.

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

 

 

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