It was Communion Sunday and again our five-year-old daughter was asking to partake of the bread and grape juice. I had put her off for months because of her age, but perhaps today it was time.
After all I reasoned:
She had prayed to receive Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and Lord.
She had asked forgiveness for her sins.
She had a mature understanding of the importance of keeping God at the forefront of her life.
I was careful to explain the important symbolism of the elements:
The bread reminds us of Jesus’ body that died on the cross for our sins.
The juice reminds us of His blood that was shed for us.
She seemed to understand and when the time came she prayerfully partook of the bread. When the grape juice was passed she hesitated before choosing one.
Instead of partaking with the rest of the congregation, she held it for a long time, only touching it to her lips. I allowed her to nurse it for a while before asking, “Is there something wrong?” “No,” she whispered. “Why are you taking so long?” She said, “It tastes like blood.”
- Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:14
- Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 10:16