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Returning to the Table

Returning to the Table

Revelation Wellness October 3, 2018 (3) comments

“We will feast in the house of Zion. We will sing with our hearts restored. He has done great things, we will say together. We will feast and weep no more.”

(Josh Moore and Sandra McCracken)

Each Sunday after receiving the bread and wine, we sing a celebratory Eucharistic song. “We will feast in the house of Zion” is one of my favorites. No matter how I approach the Table– in sadness, repentance, or joy at the things I have done and the things I have left undone–the words of this song move me to dance and smile.

Though at the moment I stand and sing with my church family, I am also in a deeper sense reclined at the table with my King at the head. I get to taste, see, and hear a glimpse of the Kingdom. I am a recipient of God’s goodness and vision of shalom.

This practice sets the foundation for my week. When I feel real despair and confusion for the injustices of this world, I am moved to work for shalom in my home, workplace, and community. I try to be faithful and humble in the place God has crowned me. God has given me a mind that desires to engage with the complexities of His world. He invites me to listen, learn, and enter into conversation. Still, I feel waves of discouragement when I realize I cannot hasten God’s kingdom. That is when I need a seat at the Table.

The weekly habit of church and communion reminds me of my place in the King’s kingdom. In this moment of time between Jesus’ ascension and His return, I am a daughter living in the tension of reclining and acting with authority. At the Table, this tension is met with the body and blood of Jesus. He is the leader and kingdom bearer.

Our inheritance as daughters and sons of the King is beautifully defined in this sacrament and song. His broken body and blood, His bodily ascension, and His promise “to feast and weep no more”  is the promise of restoration. We inherit a fully restored and aligned earth when Jesus returns. For now, we inherit the vision that comes before it. His vision of the world is familiar but different. Therefore, our lives will look different from the world around us as we hunger for our habits and rhythms to reflect the King we serve.

In the Heir to the Crown Challenge, we’ve developed a habit of spending the first few minutes of the day breathing deeply and repeating God’s truth. Friends, this is more than a mind-calming practice. This is a spiritual habit that orients you and re-forms you toward God and His kingdom. As James K.A. Smith in “You Are What You Love” says, “Overcoming them [temptations and sins] requires more than just knowledge; it requires rehabituation, a re-formation of our loves” (54).

As the Heir to the Crown Challenge comes to an end, I encourage you to continue this powerful spiritual habit. Also, you may be moved to consider other habits and rhythms in your life. You’re free to move as the Spirit leads.

Some questions to consider are: What do your habits say about your loves? How can you re-form your habits to reflect your love of God?

And breathe deeply, friends. He will show you the way.

Gabrielle Wenos is a Revelation Wellness Staff Writer and currently in Platoon 21 for RW Instructor Training. She lives with her husband in the Shenandoah Valley. They both love to ride bikes, hike, climb, and visit lots of coffee shops. You can catch her adventures on Instagram, @gabbywenos.

Thank you for reading along on the Revelation Wellness Blog this week as we draw near to the end of #heirtothecrown. You can still purchase the beautiful “Heir to the Crown” devotional here! You’re royally invited to share your reflections, thoughts, prayers, and photos using the hashtags: #heirtothecrown and #revelationwellness!

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Missy October 3, 2018

"...When I feel real despair and confusion for the injustices of this world, I am moved to work for shalom in my home, workplace, and community. I try to be faithful ... Still, I feel waves of discouragement when I realize I cannot hasten God’s kingdom. That is when I need a seat at the Table." This spoke huge to me! It's something the Lord has been working in me as I have gone through this challenge and training (hey platoon 21!) You said it so beautifully. that learning to sit at the table and slow down and breathe is not me throwing up my hands and saying i have no part in the work. BUt it is as you said further down: "Therefore, our lives will look different from the world around us as we hunger for our habits and rhythms to reflect the King we serve." i tend to listen to the world telling me that if i really care about the hurting then i won't waste any time and i will strive to save everyone. But God tells me to first find my shalom in him (which means more than peace by the way-also means completeness/soundness...a lot like wholeness isn't it?) I find myself worrying too much about how the world views my service to my King when He is the only one I really need to answer to. So what do my habits say about my loves? That I love affirmation from man more than resting in my God's never changing opinion of me. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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Dinah Wiederstein October 3, 2018

Oh how I need this message. Another friend sent me a devotion on letting God do the work he needs to do and how I need to let it happen. this has been a rough season for me on a number of levels and i see how satan is working on me through despair. I need to rest in his arms and at the table. how often do i quote to others to let go and let god. I need to sit and rest and let him do all wonderful things.

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Bonnie October 3, 2018

Gabby is in my Monday night class!! I love her insights! Wonderful message in this blog

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