About the author: You’ll see Lisa’s friendly face when you visit the ZPC office, where she has served for 15 years. Lisa loves being moved by God's word, spending time with her family, being outside, and connecting with people. She is married to her best friend, Shawn. Together they have a daughter Evey (8), and a son Grayson (6). Lisa’s hobbies include, baking, spontaneous dance parties, and photography.
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TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: LUKE 2:14-23
I love people and enjoy learning more about them, and how they process the world by asking questions. A few of my favorite questions are:
In your opinion what’s the best way to spend five dollars? For me, it’s surprising someone behind me in a drive through line and paying for their food, or bringing a friend coffee.
What’s the best detour your life has ever taken? My answer is God moving me from Indy to Lebanon during my freshman year of High School. Looking back, I would have said the opposite of this move, but now I’m able to see the beauty in that journey.
Another great question is:
If you knew it was going to be your last meal what would you eat? My grandfather passed away this year and I was in the room with him when he took his last meal of Holy Communion. It was bittersweet, but I believe that this moment was a beautiful picture of eternity. And if you’re wondering, if I knew it was my last meal, I’d probably want a truckload of desserts.
Jesus knew this was going to be his last meal, but he didn’t want dessert first. He wanted to honor the Jewish tradition of Passover and glorify his Father with his friends around a table. Jesus gave fully of himself to them, he was going to become their new covenant with God, their new Passover lamb. He modeled gratitude in the midst of fear and suffering to reveal the power it would bring through the resurrection. He poured out his life for his friends symbolically and physically, so we can stand in God’s holy presence.
As you remember the last supper and practice this sacred moment, may you be reminded that Jesus loves you fully. He wants you to share time around a table in community with you. You’re welcome at his table. Our church family has lots of tables and opportunities, to pull up a chair, and be in fellowship. It might be a meal with your Home Group, a Second Half Adventures lunch, a MOPS gathering, an All Church Brunch, or even being inspired to invite your neighbor over for dinner. The table is powerful, and can be a place of healing, and to share in true community; a place where we remember that we belong and are worthy of love.
God, thank you for the gift of your precious son Jesus who showed us what love looks like. Help us to draw closer to him as we experience his new covenant as God’s redeemed people. Help us to gather around the table more often and share in holy fellowship with each other. Amen