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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • LV Times faith column: Taste and see that the Lord is good

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  • We’re not quite halfway through summer, and for Kansas, maybe you need that reminder. We’ve had a fairly mild season so far: not too much heat, sufficient rain, no really bad storms, nice breezes, and I’ve not even seen that many mosquitoes or other bugs.
    For those who are gardeners, that’s all been good news. For those who like to eat fresh garden produce, this has been a good season.
    The berries and asparagus, together with the rhubarb and spinach, have come and gone. The green beans will soon be finished producing, and the sweet corn is right on time. We can anticipate the fall coming with watermelons, pumpkins and squash. Tomatoes span the rest of the growing season now. And, zucchini, well, if you don’t grow it and your neighbor does, watch out.
    Fresh fruits and vegetables are just plain hard to beat. That first mess of beans from the garden, eating just doesn’t get any better than that. Eggplant I can do without, but, it might be your favorite. And, I’ve got a favorite vendor at the Farmers Market who brings the best sweet corn in the area.
    The words at the top of this page, from a Psalm of David, are an invitation for us to taste the wonders and blessings of our Lord God. Some of what the Lord has given us is the produce of the gardens, farms and fields. However, the abundance of the Lord goes beyond fruits, grains and vegetables. Beyond poultry and livestock.
    The sweet and refreshing foods that stock our pantries in the summer are but an object lesson of the bounty the Lord provides.
    Yes, we have the bounty of food on our tables, but we also have the abundance of relationships around our tables. We have the Silent Guest that is with us in every meal, as well as in every situation. He is our Lord, Jesus Christ. His abundant blessing to us goes beyond that material: it is a promise of constant care and protection. The promise of forgiveness and refreshment for our souls. It is the promise of hope for life together with Him forevermore.
    When we read God’s Word, we are at His table of grace tasting His bounty. As we gather in worship, we are the Feast of Victory, receiving from His own hand all that we need for this life, and for the life to come.  As we kneel before Him at the Lord’s Supper, He places into our hands and mouths the most precious gift of the Body and Blood of His Son — in, with and under the consecrated gifts of bread and wine — given for us to eat and drink for the forgiveness of our sins.
    Page 2 of 2 - We may well be aware of the gifts supplied day-after-day by our Lord: materially and spiritually. Yet, King David would remind us of our Lord’s invitation when we are hungry, when we are thirsty, when we are fainting and in great need: “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Psalm 34:8)
    Don’t just take my word for it. Don’t allow the opportunity to pass you by. Your Lord invites you, and empowers you, to dine with Him, to taste for yourself, and see that the Lord is good.
    “Come and dine,” the Master calleth, “come and dine.”
    There is plenty at God’s table all the time!
    He who fed the multitudes, changed the water into wine,
    to the hungry calleth now: 'Come and dine!'”

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