“And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” Matthew 26:27-29
“I have an idea!” She said. “Let’s have church on the mountain tomorrow.”
“Excellent!” I said…….”Let’s do it, and we’ll have communion up there too!”
When you are between churches like we are right now, sometimes you have to be creative, leave a little room for the Spirit to work. So this morning, I packed it all together in my camera bag. Cranberry juice and oyster crackers stood in place of the bread and wine.
On the way up the trail, nestled in my bag, I heard them clink together softly and I smiled to myself.
Jesus and I had a secret.
I paused by a Joshua Tree, remembering the words I had read earlier that morning about how they pushed the cruel crown of thorns down on His brow until it bled in rivers down His face. God’s face.
As we got to the top, I paused to let a family come down. Their two little boys were very loud and I was ready for the quiet, for the moment to pause and remember. I waited for E to join me. She had to backtrack because she was talking to a lady hiking with her dog and got side-tracked and missed the turn for Huff and Puff.
We scrambled over rocks and carefully picked our way to the top and I jostled around looking for a flat place to set up. As I presented the heart-shaped doily and stemmed glasses, she laughed. “I should have known!”
Nothing is too good for Jesus, after all.
It was a bit windy, so she held onto the glasses while I aimed for the shot. This was our view.
While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Matthew 26:26
There on the mountain, we each settled with our elements in hand, having lost only a little a splash of juice and a few crackers that had rolled down the mountain. I didn’t even need to find the verses in my iPhone because the words were already in her heart, and they sprang free, flowing out like rivers of living water as she lifted her glass:
The words come naturally to one whose life has truly been changed. No rehearsal is necessary.
“Do this,” He said. “As a remembrance.”
The lady on the trail had asked if we were sisters. E told her yes, sisters of the best possible kind.
Soul sisters. Kindred spirits. Sisters of the heart. Sisters in Christ.
“For where two or three gather together as my followers,I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20