“Brooke, guess what Dad and I get to do this morning!” I worked to gain my daughter’s interest on the way to church.
With her eyes cast downward and her thumbs tapping the cell phone screen, Brooke obliged me and answered without any attachment, “What Mom? ”
My excitement made me resilient to her hollow reply. Instead of shutting down because of her aloofness, I pressed in determined to cue her curiosity.
Leaning forward, I reached my arm over the top of the front seat to where she was sitting.
Then, in an attempt to transmit my physical feeling of enthusiasm, I lightly pinched the tippy top of Brooke’s shoulder. I was hoping it felt more like a tickle touch, rather than being an uncomfortable sensation.
My strategy was successful! Brooke looked up and turned her head to the left, giving me her full attention. “We get to serve communion today!” I cheerfully revealed what I was looking forward to.
“Mom, you like doing that?” she quizzically asked. “YEEESSSS, I love serving communion at church!” I quickly responded. I imagine my smile served as a second indication of my positive emotion.
As Brooke squeezed her shoulders into her neck and narrowed her eyes at me, I could tell she was listening, but couldn’t anticipate what I might say. I quickly stepped into the opportunity to share and began by explaining that for me serving communion wasn’t a job, but rather it was a JOY!
“Mom, you are the only person I know that would get excited over serving communion.” Brooke stated, chalking my affirmative attitude towards sharing the Eucharist with others to my list of out-of-the-norm characteristics.
I chuckled, well aware that some of my actions and inner thoughts fall outside of the category of common. However, my honesty vs. her opinion opened the door for discussion.
And, that is when I dove in deeper explaining to Brooke, in the words of Pastor Joseph Prince …
… Holy Communion is not a ritual to be observed, but a blessing to be received.
“Brooke sharing a taste of The Holy Spirit, even if it is for a split second, even when it is with a stranger is completely satisfying to me!”
I continued to retell of my experience sharing the Lord’s Supper with all those standing in line. “Brooke, men, women, married, single, young adults, adolescents and even two year old’s approach to share in the Lord’s Supper. And, I get to be the person that pours a little bit of Jesus into them.” I went on to state my case.
Increasing the emphasis, I leaned forward and jutted my chin out. Then, I pinched my thumb and fore finger close to my nose so that Brooke would get the point I was trying to put into focus. “Understand, it is so much more than merely standing in front of folks and sharing wine with them.” I unwrapped the routine for her.
When I speak the words, “The blood of Christ shed for you.” to each person that passes by I get all giddy on the inside. I’m happy for the person that arises out of their seat and walks toward and accepts the blessings that are found when living in close communion with Christ.” I outlined to Brooke, who much to my delight was now engaged in my story line.
“But more than that Brooke, I am bright eyed and bushy tailed and blessed beyond measure when given the opportunity to bestow the Good News of Jesus Christ onto another individual.” I shared the stirrings of my soul. “It is an incredible privilege to participate in another person’s walk with Christ. And, when they are receiving His blessings for themselves, it is an incredible party to be a part of !” I ended my passionate observation.
As David put our car in “park”, I began to accept that Brooke understood what I had to say. And, regardless of how strange I sounded, she was beginning to agree.
I believe Holy Communion is the feast of the soul. a source of deepest joy for ourselves. So, if ever you are in the line where I get to serve, know that I am celebrating with you, for you and alongside you!!
Serve the LORD with joy. Come before him with a joyful shout!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the opportunity to serve others and to bring The Good News of your kingdom to those around us. For you have taught us by doing so, we in turn will be blessed. Thank you for allowing us to be in communion with you, for by doing so we are given the bread of life and washed clean of our sin through forgiveness.
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