Spilled juice…

“You will be drawn back to the meal again and again until the Master returns.” 1 Corinthians 11:26

imageWorshipping in church with little children is not always a blessing. However, one incident with my two-year old daughter taught me the importance of receiving Holy Communion each Sunday.

In 1 Corinthians Paul reminded the people of Corinth about receiving the Lord’s Supper: “On the night of his betrayal, Jesus took bread. Having given thanks, he broke it and said, This is my body, broken for you. Do this to remember me.”  (Vs. 23)

Our church began offering Holy Communion each Sunday when Susan was two. Some folks believed if we communed too often, it would no longer be sacred or that we were not worthy of this meal. I rather liked the idea of dining in remembrance of Jesus as often as possible.

One Sunday morning as the communion service began, I gave Susan a sippie cup with apple juice. As the usher appeared at our pew, the lid from the cup came off and Susan spilled juice on my dress. I jumped up and went to the ladies’ room to sponge off the juice. By the time I got back to my pew, the communion service was over. I had missed the meal and went home “hungry” for the peace I receive from knowing Jesus comes to me through this humble serving of bread and wine. 

Lord, let us hunger for the body and blood of Christ to remember this gift to us. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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