Meditation: The Extraordinary Ordinary

CommunionUnleavened bread. Fruit of the vine. These made up an ordinary, common meal in the First Century. But they became extraordinary because they were touched by Jesus. Just so, we were once ordinary and common, but we’ve also been touched by the Savior–and so we’ve become extraordinary as well.

[Our Father in Heaven, as we share in this fragment of bread, help us to see it as you see it, as extraordinary and uncommon, special and filled with grace. And help us, Father, to see ourselves as you see us by your grace: as extraordinary and uncommon, special and filled with grace.]

The elements of communion became extraordinary because they received a new purpose from the Messiah. The bread and the wine were given the task of reminding others about who Jesus was and what he did. Just so, we have been given a task, too. We are called to tell and show the world who Jesus was and what he did. This is how we are to be true to our new, extraordinary nature.

[Our Father in Heaven, as we take this fruit of the vine, please help us to re-commit ourselves to the purpose you’ve given us: to share your touch, to truly be the extraordinary people you’ve called us to be, to bring people to you to be made extraordinary by your touch.]

About Jay F Guin

My name is Jay Guin, and I’m a retired elder. I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace about 18 years ago. I’ve spoken at the Pepperdine, Lipscomb, ACU, Harding, and Tulsa lectureships and at ElderLink.
My wife’s name is Denise, and I have four sons, Chris, Jonathan, Tyler, and Philip. I have two grandchildren. And I practice law.

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4 Responses to Meditation: The Extraordinary Ordinary

  1. Greg Skinner says:


    Loved this one hope you don't mind me borrowing the theme for my next communion meditation.

  2. Jay Guin says:

    That's what it's there for.

  3. Angie says:

    Using this as a communion meditation for Vacation Bible School Sunday. One of the underlining themes of VBS was how God made extraordinary things out of ordinary objects.

  4. Jay Guin says:

    Delighted for you to do so. Hope it goes well.

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