The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Grace for the journey

Rituals prepare us for what's ahead

When our daughter and son-in-law left for Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia to serve two years as Peace Corps volunteers, we gathered to share a benediction of sorts. It seemed appropriate that we gather around the kitchen table and celebrate the Lord's Supper. They'd both been baptized and confirmed in Lutheran congregations, had met at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., and were married at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Circle Pines, Minn.

The Lord's Supper is a grace-filled celebration centered in the real presence of Jesus. My wife, Linda, and I wanted to remind Erik and Shana of God's ever-present grace as they serve in a different culture, surrounded by a diversity of 75 percent Muslim, 20 percent Eastern Orthodox, 5 percent everything else and perhaps two Lutherans. God's grace is not hindered by minority status, numbers or traditions. "God so loved the world ...."

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