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On Communion

May 10, 2009

Day2-1

Sunday, 1:05 PM local time

Small.

We’re on the road back from Makhtesh Ramon in the middle of the Negev Desert. The bright, sandy hills are dotted with rocks and small scrub bushes. The undulating route of the highway crests some of the small hills, dodging some others. We are not the only vehicle on the road, but we might as well be; the bigness of the sky and the vastness of the desert landscape make you feel small, but not worthless. This is akin to awe, I think.

Emma and Gordon led us in a short worship service this morning with communion before we set out. Gordon chose to read from a passage that caught his eye yesterday from Genesis, about Isaac and Ishmael coming together at Ephron to bury their father Abraham, and he asked us to consider spaces of reconciliation. The story of Isaac and Ishmael is one fraught with difficulty and resentment, a tragic play that their descendants act out even today, and yet they were able to create a space at Ephron to remember their father. Communion itself, Gordon said, is a space of reconciliation, a place where we in our brokenness can meet Christ’s grace.

So, a question. In a country that has seen so many moments of this type of grace, why are we in the situation we are in now?

More later about Mamshit, and Makstesh Ramon; we’re pulling into Be’er Sheva, to see the well that Abraham built.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan Berry permalink
    May 10, 2009 10:54 pm

    difficult question! Could it be because we don’t live, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth?
    or do we think this is our kingdom?

    Grace is a gift. but is it a one way or two way gift. Does it need to be accepted and treasured. Or can we receive it and ignore it?

  2. Susan Berry permalink
    May 10, 2009 11:01 pm

    Ryan,
    Forgot to tell you we are praying for you guys!
    I am so jealous but I think at the same time, I would be afraid of the discomfort of all the travel and different foods.

    I would love to see the faces of those who actually live on the land of the history makers we have only read about.

    By the way, all the pictures I have ever seen of Israel are sandy etc. Every time something happens to someone we and all of the NY jewish people I know, plant a tree in Israel. Where are all the trees. If you see them, take a picture.

  3. Margo Dudak permalink
    May 15, 2009 2:06 pm

    Hello again,

    I just realized that Ronnell Howard also was blogging. I thoroughly enjoyed her honesty and her descriptions. When she mentioned living water, I looked at the photo again and it brought tears to my eyes. I hope that you will be able to put all of this on a CD or book of some sort. And when it’s done, I would love to have a copy.

    What wonderful work!!
    Margo

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