Yesterday was Sunday. We did exactly what we do each & every Sunday – we go to church. That is, most Sundays. I am sure we miss a few & I always want to be truthful. But yesterday was a special Sunday.
It was the dedication of our second granddaughter, Jocelyn Danielle.
After a long & difficult pregnancy, against all medical odds, she came into our lives with her sweet & gentle baby ways. There is no greater joy than watching one of your own “babies” dedicate their baby to the Lord. To hear them declaring that they will raise that next generation in the ways of the Lord, to know Him, to pursue Him makes life so worth having lived.
But then came that profound moment….
The Lord’s Supper.
There the elements were – slightly to the right. I thought of the many times that I have already partaken. I remembered the times, desperate for healing of one sort or another, desiring reconciliation, needy for His intervention that I came to the Table. And not once, NOT ONCE did He disappoint me or let me down. I may not have always gotten what I wanted but I always received His best.
And Sunday was proof of that. Sitting there all in a row was my family – 4 generations – still loving Him, still following Him, still pursing Him – full out because He is worthy of our love & adoration. He is God. And God alone!
We come to an earthly dinner table, to eat & to be filled. Honestly, there are times, we can eat & be disappointed. Yet I remember all the times I came to His Table, emptied & He filled me. He filled me with more of Himself so that I could endure & keep on going.
This morning as I reminisced about the day, my heart is full.
Jocelyn, baby, may you always know that you can come to His Table. May you always be fed by our God who never disappoints, never fails us, never leaves us. May you always find healing not only for your body but for your gentle spirit, when the winds of life are harsh. May you always be infused with faith as you partake of the elements, the very elements that our Lord is waiting to partake of Himself until we all are with Him.
When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table. Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people””an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.Luke 22:14-20 NLT
There can be no better way to dedicate a child to God then at the very Table, where He sits at the head & bids us, “Come”.