Communion Meditation

Every Fall my immediate family gets together for a few days of retreat at a cabin. At the conclusion of our time we have a little worship service together that ends with participating in the Lord’s Supper.

One time Dad started by talking about the generations of Wakefields who have followed Christ. He held up pictures and read from a Bible owned by my great grandmother. I felt a great sense of pride and belonging as we sat around the table and listened to my Dad talk about how generations of Christians before me remained faithful, sometimes at great personal cost.

With my arm around my daughter, and my son sitting on my wife’s lap, we heard my dad talk about his dad’s faithfulness… How for years he was faithful in church leadership; how he helped plant a church in Southern IL; how he was generous in helping those who needed help, even if money was scarce; and how he stood for what was right, once telling the church leaders that if they wouldn’t let him bus in both black and white kids to Sunday School, they could find another bus driver.

And then he read, from that old Bible, these words from Hebrews chapter 12, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.”

Our faithfulness to Christ, recognized as the true founder of our faith, is begun, in part, by remembering the “great cloud of witnesses” who have gone before. And we are encouraged to keep from sin and remain faithful, like those who have gone before, based on the foundation of Jesus Christ.

What better place to talk about keeping from sin and remembering the faithfulness of generations before us than the Lord’s Table? You see, we are here, today, as a family… remembering how the commitment and sacrifice of people before us have laid a foundation of faith so that we would meet, today, in this place, and enjoy a celebration of Christ where we acknowledge Him as the sure foundation.

May we stand on the shoulders of our forebears… acknowledging today, around the Table, that Jesus Christ’s sacrifice is reason to remain faithful, no matter the cost to us. For Jesus’ death on the cross was too costly a price to pay for us to be anything less than faithful.

Wakefield Family Mission Statement

For Christ and His KingdomWhen I first read Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People I remember being struck by the idea that a personal mission statement derived from one’s long-term goals and values could be revolutionary for one’s way of approaching life. I remember thinking, “Duh! How did I not think of this before?!”

Nowadays every company and committee has a clearly-stated mission statement. So, as Wheaton College graduates who have had “Christo et Regno Ejus” impressed upon us as the vocational goal of our lives and our education, my wife and I decided to make explicit for our family that we were created for God’s glory and the sake of His Kingdom.

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that we are simply following in the footsteps of those who have gone before. We have Deuteronomy 6:6-9 hanging on our wall in the basement as a reminder of our responsibility as parents. It reads,

“These commandments I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

So, why not actually write it on the door frame? Now, every day our family will be reminded why we were created… for Christ and His Kingdom.

Don’t worry… I don’t see phylacteries in my kids’ futures.