Once again, I’M BAAACK! I’ve had a busy couple of weeks. All is well though! This past weekend I had the privilege to serve at a Tres Dias women’s retreat. If you’re reading this and don’t know what Tres Dias is, check out their website www.btresdias.org
This time I served in the kitchen. As you can imagine, there’s a lot of work involved when you’re in a kitchen! Fortunately, we don’t have to do the cooking. I won’t tell you what all we have to do because I don’t want to ruin it for those of you who haven’t been, but that I expect to see there!
We stay at the camp from Thursday until Sunday. I had 16 members on my team. All very different, from all walks of life. Every shape, size and color, and almost every faith. All of them beautiful! Not just because God created women to be beautiful, but because these ladies love The Lord.
Friday and Saturday morning Mrs. Joanna, one of the spiritual directors, shared a devotional and communion with us. Saturday she said that she had nothing specific planned to share but that she would just say whatever The Lord wanted her to say. She asked if anyone wanted to share something God had done for them on the weekend. A couple of people shared stories. Then we all got to talking and laughing! I’ll not tell you what we were discussing because ‘what happens at Tres Dias, stays at Tres Dias!’ Let it suffice to say that it was a bunch of girl talk. Finally, we prayed and had communion. It was a wonderful time of fellowship.
Sunday, Mrs. Joanna had to leave early so one of our team members, Ann, wanted to have communion. We gathered as a team, shared things about the weekend; serious and funny. Ann read from Isaiah, Bekah prayed and we passed around the bread and juice and served each other.
As you can imagine, with a group of 16 women, we were very chattery and giggly even as we served each other communion. Sharon made the comment that “even though we were cutting up, this was still a precious time”. It got me to thinking about Jesus trying to get His rowdy group of disciples quiet for the first communion. I mean, they were drinking REAL wine for crying out loud! They were having fun! Now, I know after Jesus spoke they were sad and a little confused, but for us, communion is a time of thankfulness and rejoicing! Our Savior is alive and well, and very much at work. We don’t have to be sad! Jesus did what He did so that we could fellowship with Him, and other Christians. Communion!!
Communion: service in which the sacrament is received : intimate fellowship or rapport : communication : a body of Christians having a common faith and discipline.
Sixteen women. Baptist, Methodist, Church of God, Church of Christ, nondenominational, EVEN Catholics and Lutherans! (Just kidding Terri and Jane!) All 16 women working along side each other, sharing 4 showers, six toilets, and two mirrors. Putting in long hours with little sleep, and there was ZERO drama! None! No bickering or fussing. No power tripping. Just women loving on others and each other. Now THAT’S communion! Not to mention, possibly a miracle!!
We are ALL the body of Christ. We all have a part to play. It doesn’t matter where you go to church (within reason). What matters is that we put God first in our lives and others before ourselves. And “I pity da fool who just play church!”
And they gave in a way we did not expect: They first gave themselves to the Lord and to us. This is what God wants. 2 Corinthians 8:5