We allow our 4 year old, Lilla, to take communion. This practice has gotten us some questioning glances and we’ve had to ask the servers to lower the bread and cup so her petite frame could reach them. I’m pretty sure there are some people that judge me for it and think there is no way she could be able to know what is going on and I shouldn’t force it on her.
I don’t, force it on her, by the way. I always go to her classroom on communion days and ask her if she’d like to join us. If she doesn’t, and she has refused in the past, that is ok. Although, of course we would prefer her to as remembering the sacrifice is so crucial to our lives as Christians.
We also take communion very seriously in our family. We truly believe you need to go with a contrite heart and a humble spirit.
So today, while we were standing in line waiting for a turn to kneel at the altar, and Lilla was starting to get ants in her pants, I questioned wether she should be there today. Then she did something that left my mouth open.
We knelt at the altar and she said she wanted to pray. I told her ok, and it went something like this: God, thank you for dying for our sins. If we did anything wrong Lord, please forgive us. Amen.
Every question be stilled.