For I received from The Lord that which I also delivered to you: that The Lord, Jesus, on the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat. This is my Body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of Me." In the same manner, He also took the cup after supper saying, "This cup is the New Covenant in My Blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." ~ 1 Cor. 11:23-26
Often, I partake of Holy Communion with a friend. Over the phone, as we live in different states. Tears flowed from both of us last night as we remembered all that Jesus has done for us; all that His broken and bruised Body and shed Blood affords us.
We did not rush. Our celebration of remembrance lasted over 20 minutes. Through it, we talked to The LORD and worshiped. Our hearts humbly rejoiced in The God of our Salvation.
"Do this in remembrance of Me."
My mother died when I was 19. Her name, her life was never spoken again by anyone in my family. That saddens me to this day - almost a half a century later. And it is something I do not understand. It was as if she never existed.
During last night's celebration of remembrance, I realized that the gift of what society terms "Holy Communion" is for the here and now - while we live on planet earth. Once we get to planet Heaven, there will be no need to remember.
The intimacy of it is for the here and now. And IT IS, OH SO INTIMATE.
One of the highlights of my life was going to the home of an elderly man. He had been divorced as a young man, and the Catholic Church excommunicated him. Nearing the end of his earthly life, his desire was to partake of Holy Communion one more time.
As I administered it to him, he wept. And wept. And wept. It truly was Holy. As I said goodbye to him, he thanked me for "this gift" I gave him. He said he would never forget it. Neither have I. Neither has our Lord, I'm sure.
The celebration of remembrance should not be a church-only ritual but an intimate time with The One Who gave us His Life for us. Anytime. Any place. Here. Now.
Oh, Abba, thank You for THE tremendous gift of Your Son. Jesus, thank You for what You did for humanity - for ME! Holy Spirit, thank You for always making my celebration of remembrance so very, very special; for the revelations you have given me over all these years through partaking. Thank You for giving me a friend who feels as I do about it and worshipfully partakes with me. I love You, LORD, and I appreciate all You have done for me.
Because of You and Unto You,