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Name: Buzz Trexler
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Journalist for 29 years; married to Donna for 28 years; parent of David, 27, and Elizabeth, 24; pastor of Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa since 2002.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

"Christ's Gift To Us Today"

During Lent, I have been using the devotional "Renewed for Life, Daily Meditations From the Works of Henri J.M. Nouwen" (c 2003, Creative Communications for the Parish), and I thought I would share this morning's meditation:

"For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." (1 Cor. 11:26)

God says, "I am your God and will be faithful to you even when you won't be faithful to me." Through human history, this divine faithfulness is shown to us in God's increasing desire for intimacy. At first God was for us, our protector and our shield. Then, when Jesus came, God became God with us, our companion and friend. finally, when Jesus sent his Spirit, God was revealed to us as the God within us, our very breath and heartbeat.

Our life is full of brokenness -- broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God's faithful presence in our lives? Without this "place" of return, our journey easily leads us to darkness and despair. But with this safe and solid home, we can keep renewing our faith, and keep trusting that the many setbacks of life move us forward to any always greater bond with the God of the covenant.

I pray with all my heart that you, Lord, heal me. Let me learn from your example that the freedom of forgiveness also frees me for service and love.Amen.

I have found this devotional quite helpful as I continue to emerge from my yearlong desert experience.

We are in the midst of Holy Week services at Union Grove United Methodist Church in Friendsville. God's house has been just short of packed each night. The combined worship services have also helped my own spirit. I left The Grove filled with joy and expectations. In essence, it has been a renewal. Perhaps it is because that for two of the three nights I have been a congregant.

Today is Holy Thursday, and the Rev. Stan Johnson, pastor at "The Grove," will lead worship. I long for the bread and cup ...

My short prayer for the day: "O God, you are my God, and I will ever praise you!"

grace and peace ...