One of the many things I love about The Episcopal Church is our radical inclusiveness. ALL are welcome at Christ’s table, and we truly live that out.
This week I read a blog post from Bishop Diane Bruce (Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of LA) that brought tears to my eyes and reminded me that God meets us where we are, and we are called to do the same. I wanted to share this story with you all, and I hope it inspires you to find a way to meet people in your life where they are.
Fish and bread — how Biblical!
She told me, before I got there, “Bishop, there is one thing. We have one beautiful little girl that has some challenges, one of them is food. We have worked with her, but she cannot take the host. We asked her Mom what would work, and she told us “goldfish”. So you will see on the paten the priest’s host, and a goldfish cracker. We will point her out to you as you distribute communion.”
Susan did, and I about cried.
Talk about being present for someone who is challenged, but is such a beautiful child of God, and of one member of the clergy who “gets it” and responds with what is necessary to not exclude one of God’s children.
Here is Susan’s note to me about this, and a picture of the goldfish cracker on the paten with the priest’s hosts. This past Sunday, as there often is, there were Gluten free wafers as well — we need to meet our people where they are to be able to offer them the Body of Christ!