Last week my dentist set me up for clear plastic braces that will straighten my somewhat crooked smile. I'm not going through this process from the standpoint of vanity, but so that I may better care for my teeth as I get older. Over the next six months (or more), I will need to wear the braces for 22 hours a day. Careful brushing three times a day (with braces removed) is a must, in addition to keeping the braces themselves clean.
Okay--maybe too much information for you about my dental hygiene. And furthermore, what does it have to do with the photo above of bread, cup and a Bible, all sitting on a rustic table?
It's all about habits that keep us healthy. Like brushing and flossing your teeth three times a day, and drinking eight glasses of water a day, and exercising three times a week. . . and taking Communion regularly. . .
Did you know that John Wesley believed in taking Communion as often as possible? Not quarterly, as some churches do, not monthly, as many churches do, but at least once a week, if not every day.
I recall several years ago having a conversation with some members of my congregation on the possible move to serving communion during Sunday worship on a weekly basis. I received looks of fear in the eyes of those who were responsible for setting up/taking down the Communion elements, trays, and cups. Others responded with perfectly logical thinking: "Having Communion every week will make it too common a ritual--will diminish its importance." Instead of insisting on having my way, I acquiesced to the wisdom of this faithful group.
I would love to serve Communion on a weekly basis. I would even love to serve Communion on a daily basis. Although the novelty of having Communion might wear off, it might instead become more of a regular ritual in the lives of those who partake in life-giving food from the Lord's Table.
Like praying daily. Like saying the Lord's Prayer by rote. Like wearing a cross necklace every day.
Just as such regular habits as brushing teeth, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly increase the health of one's body, so could weekly--even daily--the ritual of Communion increase the health of one's soul.
Let me know what you think of this possibility!
And may the Risen Christ, who nourishes our souls, be with you today and always,