Serving as an acolyte during communion and watching the proceedings is the best spot in the house.
One Sunday, I watched the communicants as they knelt or stood–young or old or middle-aged, pierced and inked or suited and minked, black or white or brown, lifelong parishioners or first-time visitors, rich or poor or in between–all neighbors, all beloved children of God.
The most memorable communicant was a little girl about 4 or 5, standing at the rail next to her kneeling father. When she eagerly reached out to receive Christ into her little hands, I could see that her father was close to tears of loving pride and joy in the precious girl he had brought to meet Jesus.
Do I reach out for Christ as eagerly as that little girl did? Am I as proud and joyful as her father was when I help bring someone closer to Jesus?
The message is an excerpt from an April 2018 devotion by Audrey Riley.
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