Growing up I would attend church every now and then, but it was definitely never a regular thing. For that communion was never something that I never really understood, I would take part in it because I thought it was something I thought I had to do, but all in all I didn’t understand it. When I began to really go to church when I was 15 I still didn’t see the true significance in it. So I would go up and take communion just because, but still no real significance was there. So I went on for a 4 years doing that, this was until I began attending the church that I go to in Radford.
Valley Bible Church is truly a church that was made for me. The preaching is always amazing, and the elders themselves are just amazing. Since joining this amazing family I have felt completely loved, and cared for. This family has welcomed me in with open arms, and I couldn’t be more thankful for them. In this church we do communion every Sunday, getting into that was weird at first because I had only ever done it once a month for my time in a church. So adjusting to that wasn’t necessarily difficult but instead it was just a little weird. I also felt this weirdness because of the fact that I still didn’t understand the sacredness in communion. This was until I went on summer project. (If that is shocking to you, you obviously don’t read my blog enough. I learned everything at Ocean City!)
So on project I did not just learn about my self and faith but I also learned the intimacy in a relationship with God. I learned that prayer, worship, communion, and everything of the sort are all very intimate pieces of life. In prayer you are directly communicating with God, and talking things out, and things of the sort. So when I would pray for others and have them be there with me was a very intimate thing because it showed the true love that I had for the other person. Especially when others pray for me, it’s seriously the best way for someone to show me that they love me. When it comes to worship I feel it is especially intimate for me. I love singing and worshiping God through music so anytime I ever do that with someone else it’s always a moment when I see how much they truly love God, and love what He is doing in the others life. It in my opinion is one of the most beautiful things one can see. I went on a conference with CRU in March called Big Break, and the speaker said, “If you want to know that God is real, watch college students worship.” That stuck with me, and thinking about hearing him saying it still gives me chills.
However for me communion is one of the most intimate parts of it all. I say this because as a body of believers you often do communion together as a symbol of unity, and showing the sacrifice of Christ. I learned this predominately on project because of a special thing that occurred while we were at Assateauge Island. It was our last community event so we just decided to spend the day together somewhere outside of Ocean City, and just relax while prepping to leave, and move back into “normal life”. While we were there we all gathered together and took communion together. It was such a beautiful moment, and I can’t help but remember that day, and how beautiful it was to be with everyone, and join together in that way.
Luckily enough for my life group it was not our last time taking communion for the summer. The very first week that we went to Atlantic United Methodist Church it was communion Sunday, and it was the same for our last Sunday of being there. Getting to be together with those 8 other people was one of the most beautiful moments for me. I had just shared my testimony with the entire church, and then we all took communion together. it was simply amazing. But it was there in that city that I saw the true beauty in communion. The fact that I saw that this was a very sacred moment for a believer to be doing what the 12 disciples did in their last meal with Jesus is so beautiful.
Upon returning to school I saw the true awesomeness in all the traditions of the church, and I was able to see right where the true heart of it came from. I never see communion the same now, I see the beauty in it, and I love it. I love going to church on Sunday and spending that time alone with God, and then going up front and taking communion together as a family. it is such a beautiful thing to get to share that with so many amazing believers, whom I love, and admire greatly.
I no longer see communion as something that I have to do, but instead something that I want to do as a believer, and daughter of a king. I see it as a true blessing to take part in that with so many amazing people. I now understand while couples take communion at their weddings, and why people do it at funerals and everything. I see why it is a gathering of one thirst and hunger, and why it is so important, and beautiful.