Thursday, August 28, 2008
A little heaven on earth...
"Pastor, I always feel cleansed after I partake in the supper" an older woman exclaimed as I gave her holy communion at her home. "I feel as if I tasted a little bit of heaven" she continued.
This was a woman who had received communion her whole life and still she not only knew that she needed it, but she felt it doing something.
As it says in the small catechism, "in the Sacrament forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation are given us through these words. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation."
Each time we partake in this wonderful meal, it is like we receive a glimpse of what heaven will be like. Where we are gathered together as believers, around the altar of Christ and we will touch, taste, and feel salvation. For God knew that we were skeptics, so he brought something physical so we could "experience" Him in a physical way!
Next time you partake, think about how your standing/kneeling before the altar gives you a glimpse of what heaven will be like and "feel" life and salvation.