Taking, Thanking, Breaking, Giving

April 5, 2012 § 1 Comment

The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated in many churches all over the world during this Maundy Thursday.  The words of 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 will be used in many of these churches during their communion celebrations.  I think it was Henri Nouwen who wrote somewhere about the significance of the four movements in the act of Jesus during that last supper with his disciples:  Jesus took bread, gave thanksbroke it, and gave it to his disciples.  Taking, Thanking, Breaking, Giving.  These four movements represent our journeys with God.  They represent the dynamics of belonging, blessing, suffering and sending.  God took the initiative of making us His own (took, belong).  He gives us everything we need from His abundant grace that is always enough for every day (thanks, blessing).  But before we can serve others (gave, send), He usually humbles us into dependence on Him (broke, suffering).  Nouwen’s concept of wounded healers is very appropriate in this regard.  Jesus became God’s wounded healer for us.  Whose wounded healer are you and I today?


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§ One Response to Taking, Thanking, Breaking, Giving

  • esmusings says:

    We could all be Wounded Healers – show our own vulnerability and compassion in our lives and use our own healed and healing wounds to heal those around us and to heal a wounded earth.

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