Bread and Cup: Why I Want to Go to Haiti
I believe deeply in the power of the sacraments of the church. Though often overlooked, tagged onto the end of a service or relegated to a poorly attended evening service, the sacraments are a gift from God. The sacraments are a visible sign of an invisible reality: the love of God. When invested with meaning and significance, the sacraments of the church impart power to the church. Sacraments are the embodiment of mystery.
Humbling ourselves before God in the sacraments is:
- living into the mystery of God and of God’s Church
- accepting that salvation is the act of God in Christ
- celebrating that grace is free, not earned, not bought
- participating in community
- seeking peace tenaciously
- loving freely and actively
- retiring hate, biases and prerequisites
- bodying forth the mission of Christ in the earth
- knowing that we do not know it all
- engaging our limitations
- trusting God who is all powerful
- filling up to overflowing with the love of God.
So, I want to go to Haiti to celebrate the sacraments of God’s church there. I want to body forth the mission of Christ to a literally broken creation. I want to stand and declare the love of God in Christ Jesus to my sisters and brothers who are living through intense suffering.
The Bread and the Cup have special meaning in this hour in the church, in the world. I say these words when I distribute the elements of communion: “This is the Body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, broken for you. Eat with thanksgiving in your heart. And this is His Blood shed for you from Calvary’s cross. Drink with thanksgiving for in so doing you show forth Christ’s death and resurrection until He returns.”
For a people broken and bleeding, there is Christ who knows what it is to be broken and to bleed. Christ is with the people of Haiti sharing the experience of being broken and bleeding, yet innocent.
There must be Doctors Without Walls, keepers of the peace, many soldiers, reporters to document and chronicle events, but there must also be some folk to be Christ and to declare Christ’s Gospel by distributing food, ministering comfort, interceding in prayer, preaching a prophetic Word and administering the sacraments of God and God’s church. I want one of those folk to be me.
Have you thought about or felt led to go? Tell me in the comments section below. I really want to discuss this.