The tears we shed, the sadness and frustration we feel, are important. They serve as a gauge of our maturity level and potential for joy. When our tears are mostly for ourselves, joy is difficult to find. When our tears are for the sacrifices of others, the seeds of joy are planted in our hearts.
Another word for bread and the cup in communion is the eucharist. Eucharist is a wonderful word from the Greek which is formed by "eu" (response) and "charist" (gift or grace). It is the proper response to a gift. It means gratefulness or thankfulness. When a gift is received with a recognition of the cost to the giver, we are transformed. When a gift is received with only a desire for self-satisfaction, our souls become closed up and hidden.
The Lord's Supper is a time to give thanks, participating in the gift Jesus has given us and offering our own selves as living sacrifices in response. As you go through the day today, pay attention to your pain, sadness and frustration. Is it for yourself or for others? Become a crybaby for the pain in the world. I guarantee that if you allow your heart to be enlarged by the pain of others, you will find the eucharist.
-John M Troyer
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