By Ruth DuCharme
published in Family Matters eNewsletter July 21, 2016
Last month at our Highland Hills Children’s Camp, the counselors and I sat around the lunch table eating our chicken sandwiches, and we wondered out loud why these sandwiches tasted so good. Chicken sandwiches are a regular menu item at Children’s Camp. Campers who have attended this camp over the past twenty years will tell you how delicious these sandwiches are. My children still talk about them, and I have tried to purchase the same Tyson chicken patties and make them at home. They never taste the same way that they do at camp.
Over the years, I have tried to figure it out. Is it the magic touch of Laura Ann Tatum, Teresa Pierce, Wimberley Rader, or Mandy Curlee that makes those sandwiches taste so delicious? Or is it that we have played so hard, and we have worked up a major appetite? Maybe it is just that someone else, besides me, is preparing the food. The other reason could be the company of the other adult counselors as we eat together and laugh about the children’s antics of that day. What is it that makes those chicken sandwiches taste so good?
I thought about those sandwiches the last time that we took communion as a congregation. I wondered the same thing about the Lord’s Supper. What makes it taste so satisfying? Is it that someone else has prepared this meal for us? Is it the company of our brothers and sisters who gather with us around Christ’s table? What is it that makes this bread and drink taste so good?
The word eucharist is another word for communion. The word eucharist means thanksgiving. The table of the Lord is a sacred table, and the moment that we receive the bread and cup is holy. Christ has prepared this meal, blessed this meal, and served it up for us. At this table there is gratefulness, fellowship, and blessing. It is a reminder to us to keep coming to the table, to taste and to see that the Lord is good.