I am in my second week here at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. So far I have experienced many things including seminarians playing kickball, chapel services, all of my classes, being sick, being homesick, and being stuck in Austin traffic.
It has been an adventure so far, but I have to say that one of my favorite experiences so far has been taking communion in chapel. For many taking communion by intinction is nothing new, however here at APTS it was new to me! It was a new experience because those serving the bread tear the bread and hand it to you proclaiming it to be the "Bread of Life." Some may read this and think what is so new and great? Well the reasoning behind the bread being given to you is that you are not working to earn it. You do nothing but stand there and receive this gift. It is just like grace!!
Maybe some of you have experienced this before, maybe not. I do know that each time I receive communion I will remember this and remember that it isn't that I "take" communion but I "receive" it and I will be intentional about the language I use to about communion as well.
As my seminary journey continues I am sure I will find nerdy things such as the way communion is received to get excited about. I am sure I will continue to have fun playing kickball with my colleagues, and I am sure that traffic will continue to be a challenge. I am also certain that I will continue to be more aware of the ways God presents the many riches of God's grace to me in various forms! As for being sick, well I hope that is not something that comes around very often but if it does I will take it one day at a time and I will be getting myself in to see an allergist!
I hope you are all reminded of grace each and everyday, and I hope it is made manifest to you in many ways including ways you never imagined.
Peace and all good things,