Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Our communion prayer Sunday got me thinking about blood. Andy thanked God for the blood that gives us life. He meant Jesus' blood, of course. But, I thought of the blood that actually flows through our bodies. It is necessary for physical life. We can NOT live without blood. So, why does such a precious thing scare people? The sight of blood makes many people faint. People find blood "gross." But it is life-giving. It is GOOD!! I suppose one reason we don't like to see blood is that blood is supposed to be contained within the body, not visible to us. But, I think there may be something more. Perhaps Satan has twisted what is most life-giving to us by making it gruesome through violence and horror. What a great way to ruin the witness of Christ. When we talk about being "cleansed by the blood," that can be "gross" to many people. They may envision something akin to Carrie and wince.

But, God understands that blood is life. Blood connects family. When Christ died, innocent blood was shed. When we accept Him, His blood flows through us. He is our life. We enter His family. "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." 1 John 1:7

Thank you, Jesus, for the blood.


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