For This

It was Communion Sonday. The elements were placed neatly on the altar table. The message had been given. The piano was gently playing.

“Now, take a few moments of personal reflection to confess and repent before we disperse the bread and wine.”

Sinner me, I bowed my head. Immediately, recent “stuff” was revealed to me. I confessed. I repented. And, weak vessel that I am, asked the Lord to help me with THIS.

Two, three minutes passed. Was this really long enough to get all of my “stuff” worked through?

Our pastor stood on the platform with the bread, the broken body of our Savior, in his hand – and spoke these words from John 18.37,

For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world…

The very words the Lord spoke to Pontius Pilate the day He walked to Golgotha.

As I sat there, holding the Bread of Life, Holy Spirit whispered to my heart, “The stuff you just confessed? He died for THIS.”






My spirit was flooded with peace.

We all have a THIS. It was FOR THIS, He was born, and, FOR THIS He came into the world…

For this…

About the author : Susan Shipe

Susan Shipe

I am an encourager with a heart for women. The Lord delivered a message of hope deep within my soul in 2002. Jesus, the Hope-giver met me in my hour of need and my heart overflowed with hope – the theme of my life since that time has been HOPE! I began blogging in 2008 and became serious in the fall of 2010 when I hired a site designer! Hope|Heart|Home are my three passions and one can find food for the soul, and the body, along with a lot of musing over at I am the mother of three adult children, grandmother (a/k/a Mimzy) to 20-year old Hannah and 14-year old Simon, and I am the wife of one man and together we love on our beloved dog, Sam! My husband, Lowell, and I attend Community Church in Mountain City, Tennessee. I enjoy writing, reading, organic gardening, traveling, and spending time with our family.

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