From Episcopal Relief and Development Lent Meditations
While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." -Matthew 26:26
When I worked with children and youth in a North Carolina parish, I would sneak into a back pew after cleaning up children's chapel just in time for communion. I loved watching the young children make their way to the altar rail. They seemed so much more excited than the grown-ups. Some were carried, others wiggled or skipped or swayed to the organ music. But my favorite was when two-year-old Thomas broke free from his parent's grasp. He would run right down the aisle, clamber up three stairs, and climb onto the kneeler with his chubby hands outstretched before anyone could catch him. His purposefulness and eagerness was striking.
I want to participate in this sacred meal each Sunday just like Thomas. His fervor and excitement week after week inspire me to show up more fully, taste more deeply and go forth more purposefully.
-Sarah Bentley Allred