Noah: (starts opening the plastic cover to remove the cracker) Me: The cracker is a symbol of the body of Christ. The juice is a symbol of his blood. Noah: What kind of juice? Me: Grape. This isn’t the actual body or blood of Christ but just a symbol. And when you eat and drink it, you are to remember that Christ died for you on the cross so that you could live an abundant life on earth and spend eternity with God in Heaven. You should also thank God and tell him you love him. Make sure you ask him to forgive your sins. Noah: (starts nibbling on the cracker loud enough for all to hear and makes slurping noises while drinking the juice) Me: Did you pray? Noah: Yes. I told God that I loved him and that I am thankful that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I asked Him to forgive me. Me: That’s wonderful, honey. Seth: (shouting from the back seat) Is that Jesus’ body and buh-wud in the cup? Me: No, sweetie. Just a symbol. Noah: (finishing up the cracker and juice) Yummy.And there you go, folks. You’re welcome.
My 9-year old, Noah, is absolutely terrific. I am enjoying him more and more each day. While he has his struggles with organization and remembering to turn in his homework and how that LITERALLY DRIVES HIS SPREADSHEET LOVIN’ MOMMA UP THE PROVERBIAL WALL, his heart is pure and tender and kind and generous. And for that, I will praise God all day long. Recently on a Saturday night, we were leaving church to come home. Noah took a communion cup from the back of the chair at church and asked if he could take it. People were all around so I told him he could do it in the car. We got in the car and here is how the conversation went: