A Shadow of Love

Posted: September 2, 2014 in communion
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My first perceptions of God were grounded in my early childhood experiences with my grandfather. Of course, I didn’t realize this at the time, but he was a shadow of the image I would carry of Papa God. He was my good shepherd. Communion, or gathering around the Lord’s Table, was like sharing a meal with my grandfather. 🙂 My experiences with him were much more heavenly and divine than either of us could have imagined. He gave me an earthly identity rooted in goodness and love.

 

I wish I could tell you that I stayed in this sweet spot of believing the amazing love the Lord has for all His little lambs. I didn’t. For years, I wrapped myself in the religious thoughts of men and left my childlike faith. There were dark days of believing that I was not welcome to sit at His Table, much less to taste His love. I believed the Lord’s love was for younger me, not for grown me who saw the fruits of insecurity, loneliness, and abandonment as my identity.  However, the Lord is amazing, and He provided me strong memories of an earthly shepherd who would  “gather the lambs in his arms, carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.” (Isaiah 40:11) Over a period of ten years, I began to change my mind about the Lord and remember a sweeter time of communion.

Thankfully, God never changed his mind about me. I was his little lamb even as I roamed through the tangles of the valley.

I find peace in remembering that  Broken Bread would not be needed without broken people– living bread for all to eat.  I’m convinced that communing at His Table is abundantly more than a Sunday tradition of remembrance. It’s a gift to teach us how to live everything He has promised. 

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What are some “shadow’s of love” in your life?

Do you have someone that you shepherd, mentor, or disciple? It’s a way to leave an inheritance far greater than financial wealth.

 
 
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