Monday, May 5, 2008

The Faith of a Child

Yesterday was Jessica’s First Communion. She had waited longingly for this day. Wisely, her parents had her wait until she could better understand its significance. As I sat beside Jessica, she took a bookmark from her Bible and showed it to me. Then she placed her finger to mark each statement and then bowed her head and then read the next statement—each time moving her finger along and bowing her head. When the bread was passed each family member including Jessica took one of the small pieces and later at the appropriate time we also received the cup. I felt privileged, thankful, and blessed to participate and to observe this humble, significant, reverent time of communion.

I was reminded of Mark 10:15 and Luke 18:17.
I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.

Perhaps you might be interested in the bookmark given to Jessica at the preparation class that she had attended. It was produced by Wheaton Bible Church Children’s Ministries.

On one side I Corinthians 11:23-28 was written out.

On the other side was the title, “Preparing for Communion” and these five statements.

  • Quiet your heart before God. Psalm 46:10
  • Remember Jesus died for your sins. Mark 10:45
  • Tell Him the things you are sorry for (Is there anyone else you need to tell you are sorry?) Matthew 5:23
  • Ask God to clean your heart. 1 John 1:9
  • Tell Him things you are thankful for. Psalm 106:1

Anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 18:4

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