From Sue M.

As a child, I was overly shy but at the same time extremely curious. I listened intently and watched closely what was going on around me, often too afraid to ask questions!

One of the things I remember being confused about was communion. I didn't understand why I couldn't kneel at the railing, eat the bread, and drink the wine. Kneeling was the ritual of the day instead of Intinction, which we do mostly today. I was in confirmation class before I was able to understand the sacrament of Holy Communion.

It has taken many years of spiritual growth, but now I truly experience the sacrament of communion as more then eating the bread and drinking the wine. It is truly a physical act of representing my recommitment to Christ by my acceptance of his body and blood.

Through the years, our social outings have involved food, fellowship, and memories! Starting as a child, we had many family gatherings and then becoming an adult we often met with friends to eat. After being blessed with three children in three years, our lives changed dramatically. As working parents, we made every effort to eat healthy. After all, we wanted to be good role models! Then came the time when the kids had so many activities that it seemed too hard keeping up with everything. These were the years fast food crept into our lives. Through this period, we met many parents who became friends. These folks came from a variety of diverse areas such as church, soccer, baseball, scouting, etc. We would meet other parents for yep, you guessed! Is this not what God is asking us to do? Go out into the world and share with each other in loving and caring ways?

Over the years, bad habits found their way into our lives. It all caught up with me! I had gained so much weight. My health was in jeopardy. I tried many times to lose weight to no avail. Last August, I chose to have weight loss surgery. The weight is coming off slow and steady and I am feeling better than I have in years!

Dear Lord, The sacred act of Holy Communion, for me, not only represents the acceptance of my love of you; it also represents the wonderful fellowship, sharing, caring, and love for each other. We can do this while still making the right choices in fueling our bodies in healthy ways as we go out into the world in meaningful ways. Amen

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Candi Winckel - April 1st, 2022 at 8:04am

Oh Sue, I can identify! Food can be a blessing and a curse. But showing love to God and others is always a blessing!

Alan Gibson - April 1st, 2022 at 9:09pm

Sue, thanks for sharing! So happy that you are healthy and happy! It shows through your energy and passion for Christ!

Janet Liniger - April 2nd, 2022 at 8:31am

What a blessing to get to know our church friends and family better through these devotionals! You and Jay have been through a wilderness of health issues these past few years, and have inspired us with your steadfast faith! Thank you for sharing your story.