“Let Us Break Bread Together” (ELW 471)
1 Let us break bread together on our knees;
let us break bread together on our knees.
When I fall on my knees,
with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.
2 Let us drink wine together on our knees;
let us drink wine together on our knees.
3 Let us praise God together on our knees;
let us praise God together on our knees.
My husband, Leon, lived out his life faithfully, often behind the scenes, sharing generously all he had been given. On Valentine’s Day 2009 he asked me to take a picture of him in prayer and asked me to read these words at his funeral. Leon joined God in eternal life July 6, 2009.
How to Fold Your Hands When You Pray
“When I pray … I fold my fingers together, interlocking them, but then put my two index fingers and thumbs together skin to skin. I point my index fingers to heaven which also remind me of a church steeple. When I spread my thumbs together it shows that just like a church could, you are opening your doors to all people, sinners included. From there it is just a small step to put your fingers inside and show that the church is full of people. Also, if you think about it when you pray with your index fingers together, it helps you feel your pulse, which shows me that the church is alive with life, with vigor, and with the will of God. You also feel the pulse of the world as the church has life in the living body of Christ. This is why I fold my hands this way in prayer.”
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Each time we break bread together in prayer we humbly give thanks that God’s word never returns empty, but fulfills what God desires.
Each day may your abundant, life-giving word rain on our thirsty souls so we can serve you more fully. Thank you for your word, which you have planted and watered in our lives and which your Holy Spirit carries to the ends of the earth. Amen.