Let Us Break Bread Together

  • Feb. 21, 2008
  • #6734

Joni sings the spiritual "Let Us Break Bread Together" and reads a poem about what it means to be a Christian.

Let us break bread together on our knees.

Let us break bread together on our knees.

When I fall down on my knees

With my face to the rising sun

Oh, Lord, have mercy on me.

I love that hymn - well actually it's not a hymn, is it; it's a spiritual, right?  I like that part when we sing "On our knees."  I grew up in a Reformed Episcopal Church, a little evangelical congregation... and we took the Lord's Supper up front kneeling at the Communion railing.  When our knees are actually bowed... that is a physical symbol of a spiritual reality, isn't it?  A sign of humility - it's a symbol of that.  And that's why I like this poem I'm going to read to you because it concerns our life in Christ. 

This is the way the poem goes: "When I say, 'I am a Christian,' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean livin'.'  No, I'm whispering, 'I was lost, but now I'm found and forgiven.'  When I say 'I am a Christian,' I don't speak of this with pride.  I'm just confessin' that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide. 

"When I say 'I am a Christian,' I'm not trying to be strong.  I'm just professin' I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.  When I say 'I am a Christian,' I'm not braggin' of success.  I'm admitting I have failed and I need God to clean my mess.  When I say 'I am a Christian,' I'm not claimin' to be perfect.  My flaws are far too visible but God believes I am worth it.  When I say 'I am a Christian,' I still feel the sting of pain.  I have my share of heartaches, so I always call upon His name.  When I say 'I am a Christian,' I'm not holier than thou, I'm just a simple sinner who received God's good grace, somehow!"

You know, the style of that poem is kind of like the style of that spiritual I just sang - it's earthy; it's from the heart and it is full and brimming over with humility.  So friend, whether you're breaking bread today, reading the Word, praying with a friend, or going before the Lord on your own, please find a moment today to fall down on your knees.  It's that physical symbol of a little bit of humility. 

Music: Let Us Break Bread Together;  Words: African-American Spiritual    Public Domain

 ©  Joni and Friends

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