When we think about fasting, it seems to me to be refraining from some activity. Most often that activity is eating. We fast to spend more time on our relationship with God.
This past week my thoughts have been on communion. We have been fasting from this celebration since March. This is a fast that we did not choose, but one that has been forced upon us. As we approach another month where we will once again fast from this celebration, I thought I would share my thoughts with you.
In my own theology I think of communion as being in union with. As I come to the table that Christ has prepared for us with His life, death, and resurrection, my thoughts and desires are to be in union with Christ. I think about the prayer that Jesus prayed as he was preparing to go to the cross that John has recorded for us in the seventeenth chapter of John. In that prayer Jesus is praying that we will become one with Him and each other, just as he is one with us and God.
Over the past week I have spent time seeking to understand how I am one with Christ. I have also thought about my relationships. The question that I have sought to answer is: “Am I in union with _____?”
As we worship this Sunday, either online or at church, will you join me in this imposed fast seeking those answers? When we are once again able to come back to the table it can be with a renewed sense of what the table means for our life.
Lord, guide us in our fast to better understand the gift of communion. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!