May 24th E-votional

Today is exactly one month since my surgery.  I appreciate all the thoughts, prayers, and support, you guys provided to me during my recovery.  It has meant a lot to me, Heather, and Hannah.

One of the more difficult things about this surgery is the stringent diet afterwards.  I was on a liquid diet for three weeks and then last week I was able to introduce 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of “soft foods” twice a day.  One more week and I will be able to consistently have solid food!  Hunger hasn’t really been an issue.  It has been mentally challenging, but I expected that.

There was a challenge that I didn’t expect.  Before the surgery, Heather and I made sure that we ate dinner as a family every night.  It was important that the three of us sit down and have dinner together.  It was a time to catch up with one another for the day.  Since the surgery, we have not been eating together.  I am on an eating schedule that doesn’t align with when we usually eat.  More than that, though, is it is difficult to sit and watch others eat when you can’t have solid food!  So Heather and Hannah have dinner together while I go for a walk or do something else.

I’ve missed having dinner with them.  Of all the difficulties, it is the one I didn’t expect.   I feel like something is missing. I don’t feel like we are quite as connected.  This got me thinking about Communion.  What is Communion, if not, a family dinner where the body of Christ gathers around a table together?  Communion is a time when our connection is strengthened, when we remember that we are connected by the one whose body was broken for us, by the one who invites us to the table.  When we gather around Christ’s table, it is not an obsolete ritual, it isn’t just something we do, it is a way of strengthening our connection with Christ and with one another.

1 Corinthians 10:16-17  “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.”

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