"...blessed is the man who takes refuge in him". From Psalm 34:8, written, quite ecstatically, and with supreme confidence, by King David, who extols various benefits, e.g., "he delivered me from all my fears... saved (me) out of all (my) troubles...", and "those who seek the Lord lack no good thing". The fruits of an intensely personal, long-running relationship with God. But all this "tasting" and "seeing" is surely codswallop to those devoted to secular religions. So be it.

In the Orthodox Church, this is sometimes used as the first line of a communion hymn, especially during Lent.  Repeated over and over as the congregation lines up and receives the "most pure Body" and "most precious Blood" of Christ, the words of the old psalm take on a new meaning, steeped in the richness of both old and new.

In a moment of weakness on a communion Sunday at my church, I realized just how much I enjoyed the body and the blood of the Christ.

"Take, eat, His body and His blood, shed for you."

Grr... there goes my stomach again. I'm so hungry I could eat a deity!

"Take, eat, His body and His blood, shed for you."

Ooh, he's comin' towards me... My turn... My turn!

"Take, eat, His body and His blood, shed for you."

Crunch Smack *Gulp*

Mmmmmmm..... The Christ was delicious! I want another!

"Hey Pastor, can I ahhh..."

No, you fool! Now's not the time!

"umm... you know, Jesus was an excellent poker player."

Arrrgh! You've failed me once again!

"Go get some food."


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