Quote from the Book:
Years ago, Tim Keller used this illustration from The Lord of the Rings to convey the immense meaning of the Lord’s table. Enemies and dread weapons pummel the walls of the city of Gondor. As the city gates begin to give way, death, doom and the bitterness of defeat take hold. The evil dark lord grimly claims the city for himself. But in that moment of bleak despair the Riders of Rohan come charging, their horns blowing. J.R.R. Tolkien writes in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, “Pippin rose to his feet…and he stood listening to the horns, and it seemed to him that they would break his heart with joy. And never in after years could he hear a horn blown in the distance without tears starting in his eyes.”
The Lord’s Supper reminds us that when the dark lord looms before us shrieking, “all is lost,” the Lord of light stepped forth and said, “This is my body given for you.” When we partake, we taste what redemption cost God in order to call us home. Indeed, it is hard to see the bread and the wine without “tears starting in [our] eyes.”
What is participating in the Lord’s Supper like for you?
What do you hope to receive at the Lord’s Table?
Prayer/Practice: Consider a place in your life that fits (maybe in a less dramatic way) with this part of the story in The Lord of the Rings. A place where you feel the despair closing in at times. A place where it might seem that Satan is claiming ground that isn’t his.
Set the table with care. Be present to every part. It doesn’t have to be elaborate but make it special. Put the glass with the juice or wine in it. Put a piece of bread on a plate. Sit down at the table. (It would be so wonderful to do this with others but it might not be possible in the state of our world right now.)
Read: Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him – his name is the LORD. Psalm 68:4
Jesus has the riders of Rohan beat!
As you eat the bread and drink from the cup, proclaim, “All is not lost. The Lord of Light tells me that He has given His body for me.”
Take time to sit in His warrior presence for awhile.
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