3 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.
2 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.
We can’t remember everything. Forgetting happens naturally. We also can’t choose to forget things. We automatically forget unless we find a way to remember. So what do we want to remember?
- We want to remember things that are important, things that will affect us in the future.
- We want to remember things we’ve promised to do, things that someone will hold us accountable for.
- We want to remember things that bring us joy. We’d rather not dwell on things that cause fear, sorrow, pain, or anger.
With those thoughts in mind, partaking of the sacrament is a most useful activity. It gives us an opportunity every week to reflect on the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the most important event in the history of the world. It helps us remember things we’ve promised to do, including covenants we’ve made with God. It allows us to reflect on the greatest sources of joy in the world: God’s love for us, and the price paid by Jesus Christ to enable us to return to God’s presence.
Today, I will be grateful for the ordinance of the sacrament. I will be grateful for the opportunity it gives me, for a few minutes each week, to think about the things that matter most, the promises I have made, and the things that bring me joy.