Without doubt it was one of the most meaningful communion talks I have ever heard. The speaker wasn’t standing up front, but sitting in a pew behind me. The message wasn’t delivered into a microphone, but in a whisper. This talk didn’t come from the presider at the Table, but from a father in conversation with his young daughter.
“What is this?” little Rebecca asked, as her father received the second communion tray. “Grape juice,” the Dad gently replied in a whisper. “Why do you drink it?” “It reminds us that Jesus gave his life for us. He was killed on the cross to forgive our sins.” “Did he really die?” the child inquired. “Yes,” said her father tenderly, then added, with a joyful smile, “but he did not stay dead! God raised him alive again and he went back to heaven to be with God. Did you know that?”
“When?” The little girl was entranced. “Three days later — his friends went to the grave to see him, but he was gone. God had raised him from the dead!” The little child thought about it all. “Oh,” she said, satisfied for the moment with the greatest story ever told.
Attorney David Thompson speaks regularly to audiences of all sizes, on topics of many subjects. But never has he had a more precious audience than he did on that Sunday morning in that pew, or a grander topic, or more life-forming potential. Rebecca might not long remember this specific conversation, but she will never lose the imprint which her parents David and Tamara leave as they pass on to her and to her sister Anna the faith that never grows