On a recent visit to China, correspondent Lorry Lutz shared in a very special reunion. Paul Chang took his wife and two children from their home in Southeast Asia to meet his family in China. For the first time, 21 family members gathered together; some had never met before. This account first appeared in the Christian Nationals World Report.
There was no silver Communion plate to celebrate this holy meal. A lid from a tin box of cookies painted with a local scene for tourists, covered with an inexpensive handkerchief, served instead. The “bread” was some broken biscuits purchased at the local store. Teacups that were filled with sugar cane juice represented the “shed blood.”
Silently Paul Chang passed the plate to each one sitting in the crowded hotel room; one after another they reached out to take the “bread” slowly, almost caressingly. The only noises heard were muffled sobs and the sounds of people blowing their noses, trying to hold back their tears.
When the plate was passed to Grandma Chang, she could contain herself no longer. Rocking back and forth on the bed, she wept and prayed as her heart overflowed. “O Lord, it has been so long. For more than 20 years I haven’t been able to take Communion. We’ve not been able to remember your broken body and shed blood as you commanded. Oh, thank you that you allowed me to live to see this day. At last we’ve been able to come to your table again.”
Paul wept unabashedly as he held the plate before his 83-year-old mother, knowing that the years of deprivation and personal suffering were also being washed away in this ceremony with its spiritual healing.
This was the last night of a four-day family reunion for the Chang family. Though Paul had been able to visit his mother briefly ...1
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