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The Upper Room


- Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper"


Whether this week or next, we close out our Lenten poetry series from Passion, Power, Proxy, Release with Dr. Latayne Scott, humbly approaching the table where Love lives.


He brought me to the banqueting house,

And his banner over me was love.

- Song of Solomon 2:4


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The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.

-1 Peter 4:7


It is not communion

But the clutter of things

That is here.

It is the clamor of the

Voices of musts

That cloud this place.

Resolutely, I do what

Must be done.

I clear the table of my mind

And set it simply with

Wine and bread.

Now,

Now the Guest

Can come.



That first Communion service must have been a study in contrasts. The disciples still had fresh in their memories the excitement of the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem a few days before, but Jesus was talking as if something bad was about to happen. Even the group there was a strange combination of personalities and backgrounds; among them uneducated fishermen, a thief, a terrorist, and the modern equivalent of an IRS agent. John reclined on one side, his head on Jesus' chest, hearing His heart beating. And since Judas took the sop from Jesus, he was probably just behind Jesus. Did Jesus hear Judas' treacherous heart beat faster when He told him, "What you're going to do, do quickly"?


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Dr. Latayne C. Scott is an enthusiastic proponent of Christian Classical Education and taught various subjects in the School of Logic of a classical academy. The award-winning author of over 30 published books and thousands of shorter published works such as poems, she continues to write, publish, and serve as a spirituality coach and a writing coach.

- Photo credit to Melissa Lancaster for Dr. Scott's bio headshot


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