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Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

What is really happening when we receive Communion–when we take the Lord’s Supper in faith?  What was happening when the disciples shared it for the first time?

EUCHARIST

Once again the Lord of Heaven

Stoops with towel around His waist,

Breaks the Bread made without leaven,

Watches Judas leave in haste.

 

Once again the Lord of Glory

Lifts the cup to bless the Wine.

We who reenact the Story

Seek the Savior in the Sign.

 

More than just an illustration,

Though it is but Wine and Bread:

This, the Spirit’s proclamation

Of the Holy One who bled.

It is more than just a symbol

Though it is but Bread and Wine,

For the Spirit flows, as nimble

As the sap within the vine.

 

More than just a silent Letter

Lying dormant on the Page,

This is Truth that breaks its fetters,

Vaults the intervening age.

 

Words like Transubstantiation?

Too precisian to define

How the Lord takes up His station

In the Bread and in the Wine.

Although we, like doubting Thomas,

Need to see the Hands and Side,

He is gracious with the Promise:

“Come, behold them where they hide.”

 

It is more than just a token,

More than just a word about;

With this Bread, we must be broken,

Like this Wine, our lives poured out.

 

In that mysterious oblation

Faith is strengthened and restored.

With refocused adoration,

Saints rejoice to meet the Lord.

So again the Lord of Glory

Lifts the Cup to bless the Wine.

We who reenact the Story

See the Savior in the Sign.

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Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.”

 What is the true meaning of the symbolic meal at the heart of their worship that Christians call Communion or The Lord’s Supper?  One way of getting at it is to ponder all the meanings that can be attached to one sentence: “The King of Kings provides the feast.”

THE SUPPER OF THE LAMB

 

Hatred is the hunger fed;

Fear can make the mighty pine.

Plaited briars crush the head;

Splinters grate against the spine.

For the ruler and the priest,

The King of kings provides the feast.

 

Ravenous revenge is sped;

The demons gain their dark design:

Drawn by livid lines of red,

Gnats and flies descend to dine.

For the angel and the beast,

The King of kings provides the feast.

The hands are clenched, the arms are spread,

The knees are twisted out of line;

The blood congeals, the breath is fled,

The body is to dust consigned.

Earth’s appetite has never ceased:

The King of kings provides the feast.

 

The Seed descends into its bed,

Out of sight and out of mind.

The world is turning overhead;

The rain will fall, the sun will shine.

From the grain of corn deceased,

The King of kings provides the feast.

Brought to focus in the bread,

Freely flowing in the wine:

Drawn by living lines they’ve read,

The sinner-saints ascend to dine.

For the greatest and the least,

The King of kings provides the feast.

Remember: for more poetry like this, go to https://lanternhollow.wordpress.com/store/ and order Stars Through the Clouds! Also look for Inklings of Reality and Reflections from Plato’s Cave, Williams’ newest books from Lantern Hollow Press: Evangelical essays in pursuit of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.  And look for Williams’ very latest book, Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis, from Square Halo Books!

Donald T. Williams, PhD