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Let Yourself

May 10, 2017

My super close friend and pastoral colleague John Vidakovich wrote this recently. It’s with his gracious permission that I share this with you —

I’ll just be honest. I feel like quitting the ministry often. I get angry at the church. I feel burnt out, over-worked and under-appreciated too.

Just when I am ready to chuck it I am invited to a table and Jesus Christ makes himself known to me in broken bread.

In my brokenness I receive God’s presence, graciousness and forgiveness, and start anew.

— As I love to say to people in worship and at other church events, “Welcome home.”

Broken people.

Broken bread.

If you were in worship this past weekend at Effingham Centenary United Methodist Church, I hope you’ll remember the Easter Afternoon Experience in Emmaus:

When he was at the table with them,

he took bread, gave thanks, broke it

and began to give it to them.

Then their eyes were opened

and they recognized him.  

(Luke 24:30,31)

Just about the time that you and I are also, like John, ready to chuck it all, we realize we’re invited to a table and our eyes are opened and we recognize Christ.

We see our real selves in the light of Christ’s love.

In that same light we see other people differently, too.

They, and we, together, can receive God’s presence, graciousness and forgiveness, and start anew.

It happened to the two people in Luke 24 during an ordinary meal.

Today, right now, God’s gift to all of us is the opportunity to receive God’s presence, graciousness and forgiveness, and start anew.

Let yourself.


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  1. Naomi Roberts permalink

    Just what I needed to hear to start my day.


  2. Janet permalink



  3. I don’t have to tell you that I have been MIA in a great many ways of late. Thanks to you and to John for this!


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