This past month I announced a challenge to take communion as a daily practice until Easter. Whether you joined the challenge or not I thought I would share some thoughts from the experience.
When I started the challenge Kenzie and I were really excited. The excitement came from the understanding that we would be dedicated to meeting with God together. We began by praying and then reading the story of the last supper. Around week two we started dropping the part where we read the story. I don’t think we ever officially decided not to read it but it may have been because we were taking it at night close to bed time. We chose to do it at night because we knew for sure that we would have consistent time together at night.
There was one night where Kenzie was asleep for the night and I suddenly realized we had forgotten to take communion. So, I gathered the bread and the juice and woke her up. She didn’t sit up, but she was talking and took the bread and juice. We were talking the next day and I asked her if she liked communion last night. She got sad because she thought we forgot. She apparently was fully asleep even though she was talking.
We also have used the same bread for the entire month. The bread started getting gross very early and Kenzie has tried throwing it away at least three times. So, some advice for if you ever try to take communion daily, make sure you get fresh bread regularly.
One of the benefits to taking communion daily is the connection it brings for Kenzie and me. It allows us to stop and think about the story. Even if we were arguing we would still stop and prepare to take communion. Granted the process got less and less formal but it was still an important part to the day and connecting with each other and God.
I asked Kenzie to think about her takeaways from daily communion and she said this:
I think for Kenzie and I communion will continue to be a staple for us. It won’t be a daily practice, but we may try it during a diner once a week. I think it is important not to just view the practice of communion as something you do in church once a month and start to view it as a way to connect with God and remember his sacrifice for us. It is a grounding experience for faith.
Did you participate in taking communion daily?
What is communion like in your church/lack of church tradition
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