Rough Around the Edges

I was sitting at Good Friday service reflecting on the “body of Christ” and waiting for it to be my turn to take a piece of bread from the loaf that was being passed around the room. The loaf began as what appeared to be an ordinary loaf. It had a golden crust and a fresh soft center. As each of us took a piece, the loaf changed shape. As I took my piece, some of the golden crust crumbled. As I took my piece, I was suddenly aware of the phrase “rough around the edges."

I tried to shake the phrase but it got louder in my head. What exactly was this supposed to mean? The bread is the “body of Christ”. Is Christ “rough around the edges”? Or are we? Or both?

The Online Slang Dictionary defines “rough around the edges” as having not mastered a subject; not perfect; and lacking certain social graces or manners.

Based on this definition, one could say that it is us who are “rough around the edges”. I know that at times there are things that I have not mastered and have to refine or learn … and I’m certainly not perfect even though I try to be … and I’m sure there have been awkward times in life where my social graces or manners were not perfect … as for Jesus, he came to this earth so that we could have eternal life -- “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)

I think that even though Jesus mastered his plan of giving us eternal life, he too is a little “rough around the edges”. His edges are what wraps us in unconditional love. His edges are what protects us and tells us that everything is going to be alright. His edges give us hope and faith. He is what holds us together – our faith community is like the soft center of the loaf of bread. WE are ALL part of the body of Christ.

I’ve seen many loaves of bread and partaken in communion my whole life. However, I don’t know that I will see a loaf of bread the same way again. It’s interesting to me how God shows up and shows off. He manages to give us what we need just when we need it. I have been reminded the last few days just how Blessed I truly am. I have been surrounded by my community of Faith, my family, and by God who has truly been real and present.

We just celebrated Easter, a truly beautiful and wonder-filled time. As we continue to walk on our journey through life, may we be reminded that things, life in particular, are glorious and new, thanks to the “rough edges” that we share with Jesus and with one another.

Dear God, thank you for your Son Jesus and the glorious day of Easter. Thank you for “rough around the edges” and help us to embrace them. May we continue to remember and feel that God is truly present in our lives. Please continue to surround us in your everlasting love. In your name we pray, Amen.

April Schauer

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