Missing Sacred Moments

Memories of an ordinary meal radically changed when the diners realized that the one who sat with them and gave the blessing was the risen Jesus. Do we rush through habitual prayers and fail to recognize the presence of the Lord?
“When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us? They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, ‘It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread” (Luke 24:30-35).
Prayers before common meals, even prayers before that sacred meal we call Communion, may become bland and brief. In haste we say, “Lord, bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies.” I don’t suggest that meal-time prayers last for several minutes, only that we pause long enough to reflect on how blessed we are to have food to eat and to consider the goodness of the God who provides, the presence of the Lord whose words still cause hearts to burn. May we grasp each moment as sacred, especially when we contemplate the message of God in Scripture and converse with our God in prayer.

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About Michael Summers

Michael Waymon Summers has preached in twenty-seven of the United States as well as seven other countries. He currently preaches for a Church of Christ in Leavenworth, Kansas. Michael earned a Master of Theology degree. He also has done graduate work in international studies. Michael runs more than twenty miles most weeks, loves to sing, and reads voraciously.
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