Communion, Not Communication

“We know more about each other as nations and religions than we ever have before in history, and we seem to like each other less.”

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Today is Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Quote of the Day

“A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.” – Groucho Marx

Word of the Day

Fallal – a bit of finery; a showy article of dress.

Today is Joy Germ Day. No, we are not happy agout germs. The intent is to spread the “joy germ.” Be happy. It’s contagious.

The Night of Worship went well last night. Our drummer was out because his father had just had surgery and was wanting to see him in the hospital, plus he was having some issues at his house. So we made do without a drummer. It went fine. I think it sounded great. C did not make it, because she got a call from the hospital where her step-dad is, looking for “emergency contacts.” They wouldn’t give her any details, so her and S went over to the hospital and spent the evening there. They were experiencing issues with his blood pressure and heart rate. They finally got hold of his son (that’s who they were trying to reach), and he and his wife got to the hospital. There was much cussing and discussing, and the doctor at this hospital recommend that the step-dad be moved back to a “regular hospital.” This one is rather different, but I’m not 100% sure how, so won’t try to explain it.

Anyway, C will be going back up there in a little while, so she won’t be at church, this morning, either. I’m not sure what the rest of the day will hold.

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TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Psa 32:11  Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Psa 67:1  May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah.

Psa 50:2  Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.

Psa 19:14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

(From Living the Message)

One of the largest industries in the world is the communication industry. This industry produces words by the millions. “Words are transmitted by television, radio, telegraph, satellite, cable, newspaper, magazine.” And let’s not forget the Internet. However, none of these words are personal. “Implicit in this enormous communications industry is an enormous lie: if we improve communications we will improve life.” This has not happened. This is not going to happen. In fact, more often, when communication is improved, international relations decay. “We know more about each other as nations and religions than we ever have before in history, and we seem to like each other less.”

Read that last statement again. “We know more about each other as nations and religions than we ever have before in history, and we seem to like each other less.” Think about that, because it seems to be true.

The solution to all of this actually appeared in yesterday’s reading from this book, which I did not share. We need to be more about communion and less about communication. I realize it sounds like a futile exercise in semantics, but it’s not. Communion involves paying attention to people. I mean really paying attention; listening to what they are saying when they use words. The definition of the word is, “the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level.” And the definition of communication is simply, “the imparting or exchanging of information or news.” Nothing intimate or personal about it.

There is nothing wrong with words. We need them. In fact, as Peterson has already pointed out, we are the only species on the planet that uses them. Let’s use them for communion more than communication.

2Ti 2:16-17  Stay clear of pious talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul. (The Message)

Father, I have always been big on communication. However, I need to be more about communion, sharing intimate conversation with others, rather than just exchanging information. Help me to truly listen when people talk. Help me to not casually ask, “How are you,” when I don’t really care. And when someone asks me, open up my heart, that I might commune with that person, rather than just communicate, or even worse, casually lie about it. Help us, as your people, to commune with both you and each other.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Grace and peace, friends.

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