The Bread and the Cup

The Bread and the CupFinal day of freedom,

prior to the great test;

time spent with disciples,

the ones who knew Him best.

Together they gathered,

in the large upper room;

to share a final meal,

His demise would come soon.

Jesus in His great love,

broke bread and lifted up;

said, “eat and remember,

as you gather to sup.”

In the very same way,

after bread took the cup,

“My blood poured out for you,

a new covenant trust.”

They could not truly grasp,

all that Christ was saying;

His heart heavy with grief,

for what He’d been praying.

Despite the great sorrow,

He did willingly choose;

to lay down His own life,

so ours we wouldn’t lose.

As we gather, recall,

the price we could not pay;

for the bread and the cup,

all our sin washed away.

(Responding to Luke 22:19-20)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son to make the way for us to live. Thank You Jesus, for giving Your life for mine, though I deserve it not. Please forgive us for all that we do that is not pleasing to You, and help us to remember with grateful hearts, the greatest gift we have ever been given – eternal life in You. Teach us to embrace Your grace all the more, so that we may live boldly for You, loving as You love, and allowing Your light to shine brightly through us. May many come to know the glorious gift of Your sacrifice, and may they receive all that You have to offer. Let us honor You with all that we say and do, and may our love be a pleasing offering unto You. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Equipping the Chosen

Human frailty,

image by Crystal @ The Yellow Space

image by Crystal @ The Yellow Space

clearly evident.

Among disciples,

was scorn and contempt.

The greed of Judas,

poor Thomas’ doubt;

Peter’s denials,

arguments for clout.

The final supper,

over broken bread;

fickle promises,

foolish words were said.

Yet the Savior still,

made the painful choice.

For us, bore the cross,

gave hope to rejoice.

By Him all our sin,

is cancelled, erased.

Repentant we come,

we’re washed by His grace.

For those eleven,

repentantly came.

Forgiven, equipped –

to move in His Name.

For each one of us,

the power is the same.

If we call on Him,

and go in His Name.

(Responding to Luke 22 and Exodus 3-5)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You take broken and flawed folks who are submitted to You, and use us as You see fit.  Thank You that throughout Your word, You show us that You do not call the equipped, but rather, You equip the called.  Thank You Jesus!!!!  Forgive us for our doubts, and help us to remember that any good we do, is done through You.  May each of us be equipped to move mightily in Your Name, in whatever direction You are calling.  Use us as Your instruments to bring the sweet sound of salvation to those who are seeking.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present