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.
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.
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.