Our first family communion of 2017 after a few weird weeks kept us away from it. Great to be back… and of course, coming back to it makes us realize how much we miss it.
Tonight’s communion was short and sweet. We read from The Jesus Storybook Bible, and although I have a few quibbles with it I do find it to be a pretty compelling mini-Bible for kids. A. wanted to read the story of Zacchaeus, so we did. The JSB version does a good job of peeling away some layers and looking deeper into this particular story, and it spurred a good discussion about friendship and family and community and how Jesus fits into it all.
Then A. didn’t want to stop reading, so we went right into the JSB version of the Prodigal Son, which (like most children’s Bibles) doesn’t see fit to mention anything about the other brother, who plays a pretty important role in the delivering the one-two punch that is the moral of the story. I don’t get it. (If your kid’s Bible has a version of that parable with both brothers included, please let me know which one you use.)
We shared the bread and the wine, then took just a minute to pray. I asked A. to name one person he would want to thank God for, and one person he would want to God to help. A’s responses were right on the money, so we all said amen. And that was that.
It’s good to be back.