Broken And Spilled Out

Devotional of the day

“Do this in remembrance of me.”


The history for the observance of Communion—often called the Lord’s Supper—starts in Exodus 12 with the Feast of the Passover. The Jews were saved from the plague of death of the firstborn by spreading blood on the doorframes of their homes. In sharing his final Passover meal with his disciples, Jesus transformed the observance of this meal into a symbol of a new covenant between God and his people, which would be sealed by his death and resurrection. First, he took the bread and gave thanks, acknowledging God’s provision. Next, he broke the bread, symbolizing the breaking of his body on the cross. After that, he gave it to his disciples because through his suffering they would receive forgiveness and eternal life. “Do this in remembrance of me,” he told them.

As Jesus instructed, the practice of Communion is regularly celebrated by the church today. While the methods will vary depending on a church’s doctrine and tradition, it is vital that all believers be included. Therefore, churches should give careful thought to enabling those with disabilities to affirm their faith through this practice. Some with physical limitations may need extra help managing the Communion elements. Small individual cups can tip in unsteady hands, causing embarrassment. The bread or wafer can be dropped or may even choke a person who is trying to rush. Most issues can be overcome by planning ahead and using some creative thinking. For example, consider offering a separate cup or straw, using gluten-free wafers, inviting the elderly and wheelchair users to remain in their seats and serving them there, and planning home visits for those who are homebound.

The good news of the gospel is that heaven’s doors have been thrown open for all. In Jesus Christ, we have a Savior whose body was broken and whose blood was spilled out for our salvation. Any of us can come to him knowing we are welcome at his table. What a joy it is to remember and give thanks—let us not deprive that privilege to any among us!