I was raised in the 50s – and particularly with 50s television programming that mostly family oriented: Father Knows Best, Ozzie and Harriet, Andy Griffith, and Leave It to Beaver, to name a few. These were idealistic, atypical families in which the worst thing that ever happened was a broken window or two – and an eventual apology and restitution. The concept of family on television today is largely either missing or highly dysfunctional. So-called Reality TV is even worse.
On Sunday we at First Presbyterian church celebrated World Communion Sunday, a practice started in the mid-1930s when a group of Presbyterian ministers gathered to talk about the state of the Church and the world during the darkest days of the depression. They felt that for the country to come together around the Lord’s Table would be a symbolic gesture of unity and nurture. And so it was on Sunday. In the midst of unprecedented family dissolution, violence, and fear we came together to remember that in Christ we are One and that when we come to His Table everyone is welcome – no one is turned away.
I hope you are part of Christ’s family. I can tell you from experience there is nothing like it!