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By: Curtis Schofield, Spiritual Insight


The pastor had just completed leading the congregation in praying the Lord’s prayer. He had explained that the name Jesus used to address God was “Abba,” a middle eastern cultural word for “daddy.”

Just before the pastor invited us to receive the Holy Communion he invited the little ones to come forward to participate in a special children’s time.

As an assistant with the worship leadership team, I was sitting on the front row so as to be available to help with serving the communion elements.

The children were all gathering down front, just ahead of me. I noticed a young couple with two small children, just to the right, across the aisle. They were encouraging their three–year–old blond headed son to go down front with the other children.

I could tell he wanted to go, but it took some encouragement from his dad before he slowly and cautiously walked down to join the others.

Following a brief story time and a prayer the children were dismissed to go back to their parents. As they all at once rushed back I could see panic in the face of the little blond headed boy as he looked back in my direction in search for his parents. He stood there almost ready to cry when his father came from my right and called his name.

When he turned and saw his dad his expression immediately turned to joy and a beautiful smile came across his face.

It was a “God event” in preparing us to accept the invitation of Jesus Christ to come forward to receive elements, symbolizing the greatest gift our Heavenly Father has ever given to his children.

Curtis Schofield is a retired United Methodist minister. He and his wife, Clara, have served two churches in Dade County. In retirement he volunteers through Trenton United Methodist Church to help small churches.

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