My grandfather passed away unexpectedly in the fall of 2016. He was everything a grandpa should be: loving, kind, patient, and fun to be around. After the funeral, the cousins all sat together at a table off to the side in the church basement, trading stories of childhood. We remembered sitting at the kids’ table which was in the living room while the adults ate in the kitchen. My oldest cousin would stand close to the door while we all waited in silence for him to tell us grandpa was done praying. We couldn’t hear him from the other room, but we paused our conversations out of respect.
We played wiffle ball in his backyard, rocked on the old wooden swing, watched for cardinals on the feeder, and had some of the most magical Christmas’ of my childhood. Us grandchildren are blessed to have such amazing memories of our grandpa and our grandma who passed away before him.
When we got home, my husband Chad realized we still had peanuts in the fridge my grandpa had given us. He had picked them up when driving through Georgia on the way back from Florida. They were raw, which meant Chad had to figure out how to roast them. And when he did, the smell of roasting peanuts filled our home. The smell of my grandpa’s thoughtfulness.
I never really understood Communion. I saw the tables with the inscription, “Do This In Remembrance of Me” at the front of many different churches, but it never had any real meaning to me. Of course I knew they were the words of Jesus, and that He had spoken them the night before He died, but I didn’t really understand the true meaning of the Lord’s Supper.
Until the peanuts.
When we ate them I thought about my Grandpa. And I told the kids about their Great Grandpa.
I realized somehow my Grandpa was still teaching me about God’s Grace, even from eternity.
You see, there’s a miracle in taking Communion, a transformation, a connection to the risen Christ. We remember His death, the price He paid for our freedom, when we eat the bread and drink the juice. We remember His love and the sacrifice He made to cleanse us from our sin.
And we are reminded of His promise that through His death and resurrection, He has established a new covenant with humanity. That through faith in the living Christ, we can be clean. And He grants us new life in Him.
“And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying,’This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.’”
Christ died and rose again for you so you could live through Him.
Father, we bow our hearts and remember your sacrifice. When we eat this bread and drink this cup, may we be ever more transformed by your love for us. Amen.