It is very popular in these days
to have the piano or organ played during the Communion service. It does
expedite things somewhat, but at a price.
If the music is not playing, you
might just suddenly find yourself alone with your thoughts. This might
mean that He is going to structure your thoughts, not you.
Have you ever noticed how easy it
is to judge someone else during Communion. We do this in Christian
charity, of course. The formula in other places is to end each
condemnation with the phrase, “bless his heart.” By such measures we
assist the Almighty in determining who is and is not a sinner.
If that doesn’t work, then we may
find ourselves slipping into a time of praise to God. We remember His
greatness; we remember His compassion; we remember just about anything that
will allow the sleeping worms to be still. The one thing we don’t want is
honest self-examination; that might cause repentance and reconciliation.
Of course there is another
method. It takes a few weeks to get down this low, but you can use the
time to bring up your complaints in the trials of this life. If you talk
slowly enough, this will use up the time. One should point out, however,
that you’re complaining to a man who was crucified in your place—which does
tend to render our irritations rather trivial.
If you would proceed in the way
which is profitable, things are different. First and foremost you must
come prepared to judge yourself. It is best to be prepared
beforehand; otherwise you will run out of time. Confess; then
remember that confession alone means nothing (unless there’s a plea
bargain). If there is confession, there must be repentance. It is a
hard and sober thing, but necessary. And then do you not see that
reconciliation is next? How can you be at peace with God if you will not
forgive one of His children?
Then you may bring your
praise. Praise Him for the swiftness of His forgiveness. Reverence
His holy name. Be at peace with Him, and reconciled.
There is a very curious action
that medical doctors have observed. When a man is talking with his family
physician, he is more likely to give you important information as he leaves the
room. It’s called “the hand on the doorknob” speech. You save the
worst for last, and give him no time to react this time. Then he can tell
his wife that he mentioned it to the doctor, who seemed to have no reaction to
Do not be like this in
Communion. Start with your confession; not end with it. Give the
Helper time to be the Healer.