That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.1 John 1:1
I am a hugger. Not everyone is, which is why I try to be careful to whom I offer my hugs: Carmen likes to be hugged; Ed doesn’t. (Go figure.)
I am missing my hugs these days. Virtual contact just doesn’t do it for me. But in these sheltering days, it is what it is. I have, however, discovered something in our on-line worship, something I should have realized long ago. The celebration of the Lord’s Supper is a tactile experience. We take the blessed bread. We eat it prayerfully, gratefully. We reach out, grasp and hold the cup of juice/wine/water in awe and wonder. We drink the precious liquid together. Even in the remote observance, We virtually touch each other, even as We are touched by the divine. In this touching, there is nourishment for our spirits, individually and collectively.
I imagine that Jesus was a hugger. The image of the Good Shepherd seems to support this. He gathered children around him. How can anyone do this without reaching out and touching? He sat with his Disciples around a table for the Passover/Pesach meal. Surely he touched them, and they him, as he passed the unleavened bread and shared the common cup. Even now, Jesus touches us with Spirit presence during each sacramental meal. And we touch one another in communion and community.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” That is my virtual hug to all of you today. Feel free to share it with someone – from a safe distance. Grace and peace to each and all.
God of Easter hope and life, reinforce in us, by the touch of your Spirit, our faith that we will once again, soon and very soon, be able to embrace one another in Holy Hugs, as we share your healing presence among us, in our lives and in our world. Amen.
|Offered by Rev. Dr. Tip Tipton|