Wheat, Wine, & Walla Walla

Well, we’re off on a new adventure.  The Hopes are heading to Walla Walla, Washington. Perhaps one of the nicest places around, certainly the funnest to say over and over, really quickly (try it, you’ll see…no, out loud.)

God has called me to plant a church in this beautiful and sophisticated town in the Southeast corner of our fair state. And as I pondered this new calling, the city, and the gospel which allures me I had a bit of an epiphany.

Walla Walla has a thriving agricultural economy with two predominant crops: wheat and grapes .  And do you know what comes from these?  That’s right, bread & wine.  Yup, the two basic elements that comprise the communion meal, or the Lord’s Supper.  It was in the upper room with his disciples that Jesus renovated the historic Passover meal to commemorate, not just the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, but the deliverance of all who trust in him from a much more oppressive Slave-Master.

So as I look out on the miles of rolling wheat fields and the acres of vineyards surrounding Walla Walla I can’t help but think of the body and blood of Jesus broken and spilled for the 50,000+ people of that valley, most of whom have no idea of such a grace.  Where wheat and wine grapes grow in abundance, it only seems appropriate that Christ’s church would grow also.

Walla Walla also has world-class sweet onions, but we won’t be serving those at communion.  That’d be gross.

Keep savoring the story…