“At the Supper we renew our understanding and obedience in this salvation reality and receive over and over again what we cannot take or perform for ourselves but only receive. …Without the Eucharist it is very easy to drift into a spirituality that is dominated by ideas about Jesus instead of receiving life from Jesus.”
– Eugene Peterson, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places.
I have too often thought of communion as a place where we remember, but rememberance is only part of the experience. To fully participate in communion is to remember and receive. The receiving of communion will condition our hearts and minds to the truth that salvation isn’t an act of striving on our parts. It brings us to a point of open-handed receptiveness, where we can stop our striving for acceptance from God and begin to receive his work in our lives.