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Letter From Dan Preston - April 8, 2022

Letter From Dan Preston

April 8, 2022

Good evening brethren and Happy Sabbath!  I am sure we are all busy getting ready for the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread, so we're taking a short break from our Booklet Discussion Series.  We plan on resuming our discussions in May with the booklet "Angels: God's Messengers and Spirit Army."  If you do not already have a copy of the booklet on hand, you can read it online, download or request a copy for free at https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/angels-gods-messengers-and-spirit-army We will also have a few copies available at the information table.

Symbols

Our world is filled with symbols.  Anything from logos of your favorite sports team to an ancient family crest.  Then of course there are supposed religious symbols such as the cross or 'Jesus fish.'  While they may be well intentioned, they violate the 2nd commandment of not making idols.

In fact, while the Bible uses symbols for various things such as to foretell prophecy, there are very few symbols it actually tells us we are to use ourselves.  But there are indeed a few, three of which we'll be partaking of this week! Those symbols of course are foot washing, eating unleavened bread and taking a small amount of wine, all at the Passover.

What do they mean?

As you are no doubt aware, the basic meaning behind each of those symbols, in order, are: humbling ourselves to serve God and others, internalizing the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, and the need for Christ's shed blood for our sins.

Beyond that, what do they mean to you, personally?  That is to say, as you prepare to take them, what thoughts go through your head?  Is it something we do blindly, out of compulsion, or do these symbols have deeper meaning to us?  Do they cause us to reflect on how we live each day, and how we treat others?  Hopefully, the answer to that last question is a resound 'Yes!', although specifically how for each of us might be a little different.

Make it meaningful

As we make your final personal preparations for Passover this year, I encourage each of us to think about these three symbols and what they mean to us.  How is it we can more humbly serve others?  How have others humbly served us?  How can I more effectively put into my life the things Jesus taught?  Where would I be without the sacrifice of Jesus Christ?

While these are some big questions to ask ourselves, they are appropriate to ask at this time of self examination.  And remember, if you feel like you have fallen short in any areas, now is not the time to get discouraged!  The taking of the Passover isn't a time to beat ourselves up, rather it's a time to be grateful for the grace God gives us when we fall short, and the redeeming sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!