“It is a spiritual meal—a love feast.” 1 Corinthians 11:33 (The Message Bible)
Over thirty years ago, the church I belonged to began to offer Holy Communion at each worship service. Many of the members didn’t believe they were “worthy” of this “gift” and chose not to partake more than once or twice a month. I have always felt that communion is a spiritual boost, not a reward for doing well. If it were a reward, I’d never be worthy enough to receive God’s grace through this sacrament.
One Sunday, as the communion service was about to begin, my youngest child spilled juice on her dress, and I had to take her out of the sanctuary to sponge off the sticky stuff. When we got back to the pew, the pastor was covering the elements and the congregation was singing, “Thank the Lord, and sing his praise….” I had missed the Lord’s Supper! A sense of sadness and a hunger lasted until the following week when I escorted my little one to the altar to receive a special blessing, and I received the meal—a wafer no larger than a quarter and a thimble-size cup of wine—that that filled the hunger in my soul and sustained me throughout the next week.
Dear Lord, thank you for giving me the opportunity to dine at the Lord’s Table. Amen.