Pause for a moment. Breathe slowly and deeply. Allow yourself to grow still. Be aware of the presence of God, who responds to you with love and compassion.
Luke 24:35 Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Hindsight is a beautiful thing. Only afterward did the two believers realize who had been walking with them. They were moved to turn back and share the good news with their friends. Communion can offer us the same opportunity. We can reflect on the week past, which may have been hectic and overwhelming. Consecrated bread and wine, shared with a community of believers, can help us see Jesus’ presence in our week. Perhaps he appeared in the companionship of a friend, the thoughtfulness of a family member, or the helpfulness of a stranger. Once we recognize Jesus’ presence, we can turn back to our daily lives, assured of who walks with us.
(Pray to Jesus, using these words or words of your own.)
Jesus, my companion and hope, thank you for your presence in my life. May I continue to grow in gratitude and be ever more attuned to the many ways you reveal yourself to me each day.