Joni Eareckson Tada: Sharing Hope

Joni Eareckson Tada

Let Us Break Bread Together

January 30, 2019
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I love that beautiful gospel song, something that you often sing right before communion. So if you know it, sing it with me today.

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 this old hymn, especially the part when we sing “On our knees.” I grew up in a Reformed Episcopal Church, a solid little evangelical congregation and we took the Lord's Supper up front kneeling at the Communion railing. When our knees are actually bowed, it should be a physical symbol of a spiritual reality. It’s a sign of humility. And that’s why I so love this poem. It’s credited to Carol Wimmer, but whoever wrote it sure knows something about humility, especially as it concerns our life in Christ.

She writes, “When I say, ‘I am a Christian,’ I'm not shouting ‘I'm clean livin.’ I'm whispering, ‘I was lost, now I'm found and forgiven.’ When I say ‘I am a Christian,’ I don’t speak of this with pride. I'm confessing that I stumble and I need Christ to be my guide. “When I say ‘I am a Christian,’ I'm not trying to be strong. I'm professing that I'm weak and I need His strength to carry on. When I say ‘I am a Christian,’ I'm not bragging 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 claiming 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 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!”

Don’t you love the spirit of humility in that beautiful poem? Because it accurately reflects the way our hearts, the way our knees should bow before the Lord Jesus when we break bread together. When we come to the Lord's table, we divest ourselves of all our strength and pride, all our abilities and resources and we admit: Oh, God we are nothing; without Jesus, we can’t do anything, we are nothing! It’s the best position to be in to receive the abundant grace God gives so graciously, so abundantly, at the communion table where it is a means of grace. So friend, whether you’re breaking bread, or fellowshipping with friends, reading the Word, praying with someone, or going before the Lord Jesus on your own, find a moment today (it might be different for you) to fall down on your knees, would you? At least figuratively. I'm in a wheelchair, I can no longer drop to my knees literally, but I do so figuratively; and if you have arthritis or bad legs, you may not be able to kneel before the Lord either, but we can bow our hearts; we can make our souls drop to their knees to reflect submission, to show humility before our Savior. And hey, it doesn’t have to be communion; it’s the way to break bread with the Lord Jesus every day!

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Joni Eareckson Tada: Sharing Hope is a broadcast ministry of Joni and Friends committed to bringing the Gospel and practical help to people impacted by disability around the world. Joni and Friends has been advancing disability ministry for over 40 years. Their mission to glorify God, communicate the Gospel and mobilize the global church to evangelize, disciple and serve people living with disability answers the call found in Luke 14 to “bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame… so that my house will be full.”

About Joni Eareckson Tada

Paralyzed as the result of a diving accident at age 17, Joni Eareckson Tada envisions a world where every person with a disability finds hope, dignity, and their place in the body of Christ. As the Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, she is known worldwide as an author, speaker, disability rights advocate and radio personality. Her 10,000 radio programs are broadcast across the country and around the world, inspiring listeners to realize that there is hope in every hardship.
Joni Eareckson Tada is an esteemed Christian stateswoman and respected global leader in disability advocacy. Although a 1967 diving accident left her a quadriplegic, she emerged from rehabilitation with a determination to help others with similar disabilities. Mrs. Tada serves as CEO of Joni and Friends, a Christian organization which provides programs and services for thousands of special-needs families around the world. President Reagan appointed Mrs. Tada to the National Council on Disability, then reappointed by President George H.W. Bush. During her tenure, the ADA was passed and signed into law. Mrs. Tada served as advisor to Condoleezza Rice on the Disability Advisory Committee to the U.S. State Department. She served as Senior Associate for Disability Concerns for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. The Colson Center on Christian Worldview awarded Joni Tada its prestigious William Wilberforce Award, and she was also inducted into
Indiana Wesleyan University’s Society of World Changers. 
Joni Eareckson Tada has been awarded several honorary degrees, including Doctor of Humanities from Gordon College and Doctor of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary. She is an effective communicator, sharing her inspirational message in books, through artwork, radio, and other media. Joni Tada served as General Editor of the Beyond Suffering Bible, a special edition published by Tyndale for people affected by disability. Joni and her husband Ken were married in 1982 and reside in Calabasas, California.

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