Thursday, August 29, 2013

Drink It New

And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Mark 14:22-26

Drink It New

It came to an end so quickly
after that evening when so confused
we sang a song wandering into the garden
falling asleep with heavy hearts.

Betrayal and arrest shocked us
beating and crucifixion horrified us
the eviction of love from our sight
our hearts were broken open again.

There is no comfort for this loss
no words that will replace the hole
a sheer and endless chasm has been made
and we stand aside together wondering.

Are we humans so greedy and false
that when love comes around we have to kill?
Are we so afraid of exposure and humility
that we would destroy God's greatest gifts?

The parable was told of the garden's owner
who left for a time the servants were in charge
and the servants got big ideas in their heads
and beat and destroyed even the son.

The price of God's love for us is paid
a cross and and Calvary's terror turned
into a drama of redemption and love
the Creator offering all for each of us.

We sit at the table again sharing
one last meal after betrayal and rejection
and wonder why we have to reenact that loss
why we cannot live as kingdom's citizens.

God call us to the table as precious children
cup and plate overflowing with love
tender offerings for our enjoyment
and we stay away because we want control.

God's loving cup is ours for taking
if we will kneel and be a part of the family
if we will but call on God today
the kingdom's door will open again for us all.

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