Holy Spirit, as I live and breathe I consider my requirements and hold them up against your grace.
How is it I am enough for you? On the one hand I am never enough. I have this drive to achieve and perfect. But though this drive is a part of being human, I know this is by no means your requirement.
For who is perfect but you, God?
Sometimes, when I imagine heaven, I know I get it all wrong. Picturing it like a Hall of Fame of acheivements or a place of perfection.
When, instead, you promise it to be the feast where everyone gets fed, and no one is too late to join.
Instead, you promise it to be a place where participation is valued, not perfection.
What a balm, to remember that you want each of us to participate.
There is no such thing as perfect communion. If you required perfection for communion, it would unravel–becoming a practice of the singular being a Christ.
Instead, you invite us to come, in all of our messy, fumbling, clumsy ways of love. Instead you encourage any and all to participate in whatever way we can. Jesus stands at the table with open arms, tearing the bread apart with his own hands, his eyes twinkling.
And then, God you make communion: miraculously happen, by being present!
You are there when the lips of the ill or frail touch the elements. You are there when the cup of grace is overfilled and drips and spills over. You cross the great expanses of screens and bring us into communion with one another and you even over the internet. The miracle of your promised presence each and every time we practice communion is perfection itself.
Communion is perfect.
And we are it’s participants, not its perfecters.
Lord, help us to remember you value true and honest participation over any attempt at perfection. You are perfect so we don’t have to be. You created communion so we can be a part of perfection, a part of you, together.
Only you, O God, would see perfection as something to partake in, rather than something to strive for.
In this way communion is truly a foretaste of the kingdom meal. And for that I give you thanks and praise.
This Prayer can be used/adapted with credit to Pastor Katy Stenta