The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Taste & see

As we experience God's bounty, we also delight and share

“Eat this bread, drink this cup. Taste and see the goodness of God” (With One Voice, 706). We sing these words as we receive communion. We also read them in Psalm 34:8: "O, taste and see that the Lord is good!" Sometimes we think these imperatives — taste, see — are only figurative. We only taste or see in a metaphorical sense. We don't really taste the goodness of God.

What would it mean if we took them somewhat more literally? Can we indeed taste the goodness of God in the food we eat?

I think so.

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