"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have life more abundantly".
This happened in the midst of all of our imperfections and real life - schedules changed, we weren't planning to have the meal then decided to about an hour and a half in advance. We had a limited amount of time before other activities schedule for the evening. Table linens were not ironed. Grape juice was in the bottle. Kids came as they were - smudges on faces and all. We simply talked through the story and enjoyed being together.
Just before our meal, the sun came brilliantly out after a long day of heavy clouds (in the skies and my heart). How I needed the reminder of the powerful joy and simplicity of accepting his sacrifice. And the hardest thing of all for me....Of accepting His acceptance.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.