Posted by: Chris Sandel | March 15, 2009

Giving A Son

I had a pretty cool experience this morning.  This was Jack’s second week at church but his first full service (we had a tornado warning that cut short last week’s service).  This time I held him the whole time and we sat next to the door in case he woke up or started to cry.  It was kind of nice holding him.  Fun to feel him sleeping on my arm throughout the service.

When the time came for communion I experienced an unexpectedly cool moment.  As the bread and juice were passed I took them while I held Jack up against my chest with my other hand.  As I thought about Christ and what he did it hit me in a whole new way.  You hear people talk about how tough it would be to loose a son or for God to sacrifice his own son but that is hard to relate to when you don’t have a kid of your own.  But this morning as I ate the piece of bread and thought about God’s son having his body beaten I could feel my own son’s skin.  As I drank the juice and felt the tang of it run down my throat I could feel my own son’s heart beating against my chest.

I know we live in a fallen world and with so much life ahead of him I know Jack will face some tough stuff.  He’s been great so far but he may even have some physical problems some day.  I shudder to think about it but I know that in our world there is a small chance something could happen and I could outlive him.  I hate to think about that but I guess I can imagine it happening.  But as I sat there taking communion today with my son in my arms I could not imagine watching him suffer and die and not stepping if there was anything I could do to stop it.

It gets used so much that it sometimes doesn’t sink in when I hear it but we talked about John 3:16 in Jr. High this morning and I don’t think it was ever more real than during communion today.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  Wow!




  1. […] during the service.  I may have nodded off a little (or the whole time) but I enjoyed it.  My Dad wrote a little about his perspective on the morning over on his blog and I thought he had some cool […]

  2. I wanted to highlight a cool response. My dad included a portion of this post in his devotion for 3/17/09. You can view it at:

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