03.04.2013
What an Easter Monday Faith Looks Like
How to Get through Life's Hard Parts (Video)

How to Live Through the Messy

A Holy Experience

This? This is *right* where we are at this week:

She asks me how it’s going.

And I have to smile.

And I tell her that there are pots on the stove and crumbs on the counters and yes, wherever we are, there’s always so much good and there are always hard things.

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There’s the lists. And the laundry, the books and the homework and the learning.

And these kids we’re raising, they keep falling, a lot like their mother.  Parenting’s this way of bending over in humility to help the scraped child up because we know it takes a lifetime to learn how to walk with Him.

And then there’s this fear beast that I thought I’d already wrestled down, skinned, hung and mounted — and it’s the thing that breathes again ugly and too close.

It’s strange how knots in the pit of the stomach can try to undo everything.

For the life of me?

I can’t get it all right.

Heaven and earth both know I am a miserable mess away from perfect. This is exactly why the bruised knees just have to bend at the table of communion, and say, yes, please.

I need Jesus.

I need His life.

I need the perfect, sinless sacrifice of Jesus Christ who can take all the broken messes and make them into mosaics of Grace.

And what I really need? Is to come to the table of communion so I can celebrate this messy life! Because this is how the dictionary defines a celebrant:  The person who stands at the table of Communion is a celebrant.  

The person who lives in communion with Christ is a celebrant. A celebrant is the one keeping company with Jesus.

A celebrant is one who celebrates the extravagant grace of Christ.

A celebrant is the one keeping her eyes on Jesus and His perfect sacrifice — precisely because she isn’t perfect.

The sinners and the sick, the broken, the discouraged, the wounded and burdened — we are the ones who get to celebrate grace!

The timer’s beeps. I pull the roast out of the oven. There are dishes in the sink. And it’s crazy — the relief of just smiling.

Christ invites us to celebrate the full life as the celebrants — not because we’ve got it all together, but because He’s finished it all at the Cross!

The Art of Celebrating Life isn’t about getting it right — but about receiving Grace.

Regardless of the mess of your life, if Christ is Lord of your life — then you are the celebrant out dancing in a pouring rain of grace!

Because when it’s all done and finished, all is well, and Christ already said it was finished.

I light a candle for the table.

This could be the full living: make every moment communion with Him, be the celebrant and let a celebration of Grace inhabit the days; let God open the hands, lift the arms and make me a praise, a rising incense, a certain song.

Aren’t all the worshippers celebrants? When should we stop worshipping? Or stop celebrating grace?

Grace is sufficient, grace is amazing, and grace is for everyone imperfect.

I wipe off the messy counters.

Cup my hand at counter’s edge for whatever comes —

and then turn towards the table already set and call everyone to come.

 

 

from the archives… Blistered burn healing. Kids sick. Thank you for prayers. Eucharisteo always precedes the heart miracle.

Lifeline! Right now! (2 Corinthians 4:18 MSG)

“So we’re not giving up. How could we!

Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without His unfolding grace.

These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us.

There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow.

But the things we can’t see now — will last forever.”  2 Corinthians 4:18 MSG

 

 

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