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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Just a drop

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Sacrament (your church may call it communion) is passed weekly (except for Conference weekends) during our Sacrament Meeting (similar to a Worship Service).  The Sacrament has two parts - pieces of bread and small cups of water.  The bread represents the body of Christ and the water represents his blood which was shed for us as part of the Atonement.  When we partake of the bread and water, we are renewing our baptismal covenants to keep His commandments and to take upon ourselves His name.

The temporal pieces of the Sacrament include that the Young Men who prepare the Sacrament fill the cups with water, and not all end up with the same amount of water.  Sometimes you get a cup that is full to the brim and you spill some as you pick it up.  Other weeks you'll get a cup that is only half full.  Another temporal piece is how refreshing that water can be when you drink it so getting a partially filled cup can be a little disappointing.

The Sacrament represents the Atonement and it seems that each year I gain a little more insight into the Sacrament.  Two weeks ago I realized something as I drank my cup of water.  I hadn't looked at the cup before I drank other than to pull it out of the tray.  As I drank, it felt like it was just a drop of water and I was disappointed.  But that was the temporal me.  That was immediately followed by a reminder of the Atonement, a whisper of a thought - "but you only need a drop".  The 3rd Article of Faith says "We believe that through the aAtonement of Christ, all bmankind may be csaved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel."   Note that ALL mankind may be saved.  It's not just me that needs "just one drop".  It's each of us.  As we repent of our sins and strive to live more like Him, it just takes one drop of His blood to redeem us.

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