One Christmas time when I was a teenager, a child in the pew in front of us turned on his mom’s CD player during the sacrament. Each person immediately stopped thinking whatever they were thinking because angels were now singing the Hallelujah Chorus. The mom hurried to turn it off, but my sisters and I (along with many others..) could not stop laughing the rest of Sacrament meeting (irreverent moments of my life…)
Well. Now I am that mom.
Two weeks ago during the ‘silence’ of passing the sacrament, Henry (age 3) was angry that he didn’t get to sit next to me AND my husband. I whispered in his ear how lucky he is to sit next to me and that he can switch with his brother in 5 minutes and can he puh-lease just be happy a little while longer because then we can go home and eat some food… (1 pm church + Sacrament meeting last = hungry, tired and wiggly boy)… he responded by melting his body off the pew and sliding onto the floor. Since he was silent there on the floor I thought maybe we’d just make it past this moment quietly….
Three minutes later, he stood straight up and looked at me defiantly. I gasped-laughed out loud-and choked all at the same time. I wasn’t the only one. Three teenage sisters on the row behind us burst out laughing.
Henry had found a marker under the bench. And colored his whole face bright pink.
Being in a family is God’s way of teaching us Heaven. But….sometimes I feel like being in a family is the best way to disrupt Sacrament meeting.
In order for me to feel like taking the Sacrament has any benefit to my relationship with God, I have to prepare ahead of time. The moment before the prayer is said will not work for me (that moment will be full of cute children learning to sit still.) This lesson is becoming a blessing in disguise for me–
Read what Sister Cheryl A. Esplin said in her talk, The Sacrament- A Sacred Renewal:
The more we ponder the significance of the sacrament, the more sacred and meaningful it becomes to us.
So if I want taking the Sacrament to be meaningful in my life, I have to find time way ahead of Sacrament meeting to sink it into my soul. Yesterday morning before church I created a moment of reflection and “self evaluation” about which Sister Esplin taught. And do you know what, it made a huge difference for me when I took the Sacrament. I felt ready to come to the Mercy Seat.
Here is the s’more for today. Enjoy =)
S: (Prayer/Ask) What does God want me to understand better about the Sacrament?
- the prayer for the Bread (insert your name for each of the pronouns – they, the souls, them)
- the prayer for the Water (what differences do you see between the two prayers? Why?)
- John 6:30-35 I am the Bread of Life (video here)
- What keeps you from having a ‘moment with God’ during the Sacrament?
- What does God want you to think about during the Sacrament?
R: (Write) your thoughts, what you learned, impressions you received, and anything else in your scripture journal (include your thoughts on the study session question: What does God want me to understand better about the Sacrament?)
E: (Prayer/Thank)- thank God for what you’ve learned and ask if there is anymore.
The Challenge: Find a picture you love of Christ that you can visualize during Sacrament meeting. Or, if you are more of a words or music person, find a sacrament hymn and memorize it.
click here for more information on s’more scripture study method