Welcomed at this table


Recently this month, I attended a conference where the Lord’s supper was given during the worship service.  The conference was held prior to Easter Sunday, and what held me in awe of God’s reach of power was that over one hundred representatives from other countries were present along with thousands of other attendees.  During the Lord’s supper each one was given time to dip their crust of bread into the grape juice.  The length of the service was obviously longer than any other service I had been to, but the metaphor for what the future awaits for all those believing and having taken of the same offer was lasting.

When I seek to gain a better appreciation for the sacrifice of Jesus, I think of his pouring out of his own blood with a demonstration of honor to the people he would then and now reconcile for.  I think of those then that he thought of as not any greater than those of us now.  All were on his mind and equal in value to him by his death on an unforgiving cross among a quarrelsome crowd.  God and He were not mindless and unaware that such a sacrifice needed to be made, but perhaps the appreciation of mankind would grow for such a display of love, salvation, and deep concern.

In this everlasting sacrifice, we know Jesus loved his own disciples personally, and I believe he thought about the others in the same way around him during his crucifixion.  As it takes time for any ceremony to be carried out, the heart of Jesus was to uniquely give gratitude for the calling and ministry that was upon each one at the Last Supper with his disciples.  He also warned the betrayer and the denier that would come in His path to the cross.  No cross would be easy for him to carry, but it was required that he would make the sacrifice himself and rely upon the strength of the Almighty for all of mankind.

“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19 (N.I.V.)

When I look at the Lord’s supper, my desire is to remember the sacrifice that was needed to be made to all that were willing to believe in God’s masterfully crafted plan for all of eternity.  Does this add to your remembrance of Him?




Math that needs a rescue

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The young man sat and listened to the math teacher explain the geometric concepts that were new to the ninth grade experience.  He had always been a boy interested in math.  His bathroom reader in PreK was a game of figuring out which number was on the page.  “What is the number he would say?”  Was is five hundred eighty five or another like one thousand two hundred and twelve?  He would point, give his guesses, and go on to another number.

Math came easy for him until about the seventh grade, and then it was time to learn more than just sixty to seventy percent of what he was learning in his mostly pre-algebra class.  The numbers and new formulas didn’t make as much sense to him as they used to and his parents couldn’t explain it well enough.  In this well meaning age of technology, he had new instructors, online ones that were useful even if they were not the preferred way of learning.  It didn’t seem necessary for him to need a tutor that early on in school.  Technology became his new way of learning that year.  The online resources helped him like homework helpers.  He saw his grades improve not tremendously, but as an example, before getting D’s on a test now he actually understood most of the concepts and had raised his D’s to more solid C’s.  He had learned to teach himself concepts that could not be explained to him by other means.

The following year, his learning experience seemed better sought at a private school as the teaching environment would facilitate more one on one instruction especially in his developing areas of mathematics.  Coming into class the first day, he was greeted by the principal and several teachers who wanted to know more about him.  We learned that day conveniently that he would need to come back for……you guessed it, a math test!  The math test and the use of a calculator that day began to rebuild not only his interest but confidence in math all over again.  He placed well for his studies that year in math and benefited from a smaller class size of around ten students.  This year his teacher offered help for students that were having difficulty and other ways to improve his grade throughout the year.  Mostly C’s in math the previous year were now B’s.

Geometry now holds it’s own keys to several mysteries and hidden mazes to be unlocked.  The classroom size has gotten larger, the need for more you tube learning is on the increase again, but he is not afraid or inexperienced with a challenge.  At the end of a semester final, the need to find a tutor became evident, and fortunately, he found one at the start of the second semester.  Sometimes you think that what looks like it will get more comprehensible for you does not, and a timely intervention keeps you from drowning.

via Daily Prompt: Timely

Flapping makes one flabby


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Soaring eagles do not make the most challenging flight patterns or draining exercises their favorite.  Every stage of the flight of life is filled with what makes one emotionally satisfied, drained or lonely.  Stepping out in faith, one must seek the kind of faith and trust to ask for help at any time.  Saying to God, “let me wait upon you and trust in you so I might soar like the eagles.”  It is interesting how the flight of the eagle doesn’t question his/her lack of strength, wing span, speed, or size.  However, questioning our own abilities does lack the patience and persistence to wait in the stages of life that require waiting the most.

Taking a lesson from the eagle, one can observe these eagles have great wing spans, but did you notice, as Jennifer Randell, CPN Eagle Aviary Manager details, that the wing span of the female is eight feet in contrast to the male’s six feet wing span? (Citizen Potawatomi Nation).  One can also see the size differences in the eagle as well females tend to be larger in size and weight helping with their nurturing and protecting roles over the nests.  The weight of the female is usually ten to fifteen pounds more than the male.  The males size allows for better ease of hunting and making provision for the nestlings.  Together these two establish loyalty to each other and to their offspring with rarely a recommitment to another after the death of a mate (Citizen Potawatomi Nation).

The strengthening is not just in the size of the wing,  but it is in the waiting.  When observed, the BALD EAGLE site, details the physical characteristics of the eagle’s strengths.  They have long, large wings, a short neck, and short legs.  These short legs make preparing for flight by tucking them in the safety of their own dependable feathers.  As the eagle is in flight it will take only “two minutes per hour” for the eagle to actually flap his/her wings because this is enough for the eagle to feel content and fully able to satisfy the level of energy needed. (www.learner.org)  The confidence of the eagle relies upon his physical characteristics and qualities, but he/she also remains in a positive and powered glide rather than a painstaking, flapping journey.

The upward and motivated flight of the eagle inspires a metaphor for the individual waiting upon God.  I trust that in the hoping and waiting we will learn to soar.

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (N.I.V.)