My local convenience store, Wawa has them single wrapped at the counter and throughout the year when I stop in for a cup of coffee and see their shiny red wrapper… I think of my dad. I’m blessed with the fond memories of what a good man he was and how much he loved me. This Tuesday would have been his 96th birthday and in remembrance, every year I go to Wawa to enjoy a sweet chocolate covered cherry that is almost as sweet as my memories.
This year, something dawned on me that I hadn’t considered in past years. During His final days on earth, Jesus ate a traditional meal with His disciples saying the all familiar words “Do this in remembrance of me”. While I’ve known for many years that communion is a way of remembering all that He’s done for us, it became clearer in my own fond memories of my dad through a chocolate covered cherry. In fact, before Jesus was even born, our Heavenly Father set aside a special time known as Passover, for the Jews to remember the story of their exodus from Egypt. This too, is done by way of the Seder which uses symbolic foods as a way to retell and recollect the story of God’s divine intervention that led them to freedom.
Having fond memories is not limited to a specific date or time of year, rather every time we see and taste its goodness as with the chocolate cherries. In the same way, we are wise to see a loaf of bread and remember Jesus’ broken body on our behalf. Wine being poured out should trigger our thoughts to the shed blood of Jesus and the fond memory of what His death did for us. It shouldn’t be “just” a religious celebration or a special day of the year, but throughout the year in our daily eating and drinking… fond memories of the greatness of our God should be ever in our minds.
©By S. A. Tower, 2016