When we think of “communion,” we hear the words of Jesus, “this is my body broken for you; this is my blood poured out for you” (Luke 22:19-20). It is in the brokenness of Jesus that we find healing for our own brokenness of soul. As I wrote this I was laid up having gone through a full knee replacement. During that time I felt the brokenness of my own body more deeply then I have at other times, as I placed my body in the hands of a surgeon who would break me to heal me.
This is the message we bring to our residents, staff and family members each day, a message of communion with one another in our brokenness and a communion with Jesus in his brokenness for us on the cross. As we age, the ability to hide our physical brokenness becomes difficult if not impossible. We need canes, walkers and wheelchairs to get around safely. We do not want to fall, we have been there and done that and do not want to find ourselves physically broken and looking for healing. And yet there is a lesson not to be overlooked at any age, the lesson that we are all broken and in need of the healing touch of the Great Physician.
This “communion of brokenness,” when admitted and shared with one another can become the driving force for healing in this life as well as in the next. It can become a magnetic power that draws us closer to one another supporting, loving and encouraging each other in this life of brokenness where we are willing to hold on to one another to get through each new day. A “communion of brokenness” leads us all into what we long for the most, connectedness, “community” with one another that is worth waking up for and living in and finding our support from, because it is there that we find true healing. Getting back to Clermont Park reminded me that in the midst of my brothers and sisters who understand what I have gone through, I find healing.
1 How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.
by Mike Van Eps, Chaplain for Clermont Park Retirement Community
Photo by Kenneth Lu on Flickr – Creative Commons licensed
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