I have a purple vase, a yellow mixing bowl, and a hedgehog – simple objects. But if we let them, our objects can tell a powerful story of faith and belief – a story of our lives and of the God who created us and the world.
This is the lesson we learn at church over and over: Simple, tangible objects can and do contain the holy. We touch and taste the bread and wine. We feel the water on our foreheads marking the sign of the cross. Bread, wine, and water show us what it means to be transformed by our objects. Bread, wine, and water that are never just bread, wine, and water. They remind us that God comes to us in the most intimate, personal, and tangible ways. With each bite of bread, we proclaim that Christ is with us. With each sip of wine, we trust that forgiveness is ours. With every splash of water, we teach that grace is unending.
What are the stories behind your most precious items?
This message is excerpted from “Sacred objects” by Kimberly Knowle-Zeller in the September 2017 Gather magazine.
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