An Engaged Man's Thoughts, <2 days: For Bread, Salt, & Wine


Dust-kissed reels of film roll across the projection screens of my mind as we close into the last 48 hours.

Kasey & I live from the conviction that everything is more beautiful than we’re able to see, but these film reels—littered with childhood aches & graces— prove it true: we spend so much time just living our life that we forget not just how beautiful our particular existence is, but how beautiful it is to even exist at all.

Not what our history is made up of, but that we even have a history to recount.

Not what the present moment affords us, but that there is a present moment that affords things.

Not what the future holds, but that we could even conceive of a future that holds anything at all.

When I first became a Christian, I remember hearing that the New Testament letters were written so that its hearers would see things this way. The writers would first share the Story of all that God is and all that God did and all the God still is doing for humanity and then plead with them to simply live like the whole thing is a gift.

If life is just a job we’re contracted for, then we’ve got enough reason to worry. Projects to crank out, to-do lists to complete, and the Joneses with whom to compete & compare.

But if life is a gift, my friend, then all we do is step into our own little theaters of imagination, watch the dust-kissed film tell its stories of grace, and live with the curious mixture of laughter & tears that churns in your gut when you know that it’s all a gift all of us deserved not to have.

The song we're dancing to has this chorus:

Let the years we’re here be kind, be kind.

Let our hearts, like doors, open wide, open wide.

Settle our bones like wood over time, over time.

Give us bread, give us salt, give us wine.

Give us bread, give us salt, give us wine.

("north" by sleeping at last)

Bread, salt, & wine enjoy a meaning that transcends one particular culture.

Bread is symbolic for life’s necessity. It’s daily sustenance & strength.

Salt is symbolic for life’s color & meaning. It’s flavor & preservative.

And wine, well, is symbolic for celebration. It makes a simple event into a special occasion.

And life, well, is worth celebrating.

Our lives might be ordinary much of the time, but they are far from a simple series of events. Life is a special occasion. A gift from a colorful, mysterious, cinematic, and active God.

for bread, salt & wine,


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