Last weekend I had the pleasure of spending Father’s day with my own Daddy. We made the drive to Houston for a little mini vacation. They have a pool so we got to spend 5 days playing and relaxing in the water. I think my children are little water bugs.
While we were there we also had the privilege of attending church with my Father and his bride. It also just so happens to be the Church where my sister and her husband not only attend, but where my brother-in-law is the campus pastor and worship leader.
This Sunday ended up being a little extra meaningful to me. Their church does communion in a rather neat and unique way. Rather than passing the elements down the rows, they have a few couples stand up front. One has the loaf of bread and the other a “chalice” with the grape juice.
As the bread is served to you these words are spoken, “This is the body of Christ, broken for you.”
And as you dip your piece of bread into the wine…. “This is the blood of Christ, shed for you.”
And we take the communion in remembrance of the one who died to redeem us.
And while taking communion is a gift and something so incredibly special in and of itself, this Sunday …. was even more near to my heart… because one of the servers was my Daddy.
I don’t every remember in all of my years as a Christian being served this way by my dad. I know he has NO idea, but as he served me communion that morning, I had to choke back tears.
As my daddy said those words, “this is the body of Christ broken for you,” a flood of emotions overwhelmed me. There was something so incredibly special about having the man who raised me and gave me my foundation in Christ, utter those words as he handed me the bread to eat in remembrance of my savior.
As I went back to my seat and quickly wiped away the tears, I knew it was one of those moments that I would have engrained in my heart forever.
I know I don’t say it nearly enough, and maybe I have never said it at all… but I am so thankful and grateful for my earthly father that loved me enough to show me the way to my heavenly father.