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Topic: Cup and Saucer (08/28/14)
TITLE: Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary
By Caleb Cheong
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As a four-year-old boy, I used to tag along my dad to have breakfast with him at a coffee shop opposite my house. My eyes were glued to the way he poured his cup of coffee into the saucer. I used to imagine that my dad was pouring out the fluid concrete from a cement mixer into a round dish. I knew that the saucer of coffee was mine. Gleefully, I would dip into the coffee with a slice of toast bread spread with egg jam. Soon, he would start reading the newspaper aloud like a broadcaster as if for my listening pleasure.
Vividly, I remember this breakfast ritual when I take the cup, and eat the bread during the Communion. My sanctified imagination reminds me of the coffee as the pastor pours out the wine, and the egg- jam bread when I eat the broken bread. Little did I realize that my father's reading out the newspaper would link my mind back to the reading of Scripture at Communion by an elder or the minister as part of the liturgy.
Since my earthly father passed away, I have learned to trust my Heavenly Father to provide for my physical, as well as spiritual needs.
This past episode serves as a foreshadow that I will one day partake of the bread and wine. The past is indeed a shadow of the Lord's Supper becoming part of my life. As I came from a non-Christian background, this childhood memory takes on special significance. Had I been a non-believer, the breakfast would not mean much to me. They are warm, enduring, visible emblems of Jesus’ love for humanity. That is priceless! Yes, I am able to make sense of the ordinary and see the extraordinary.
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