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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Diet - deadline is 8-9-12 9:59 am NY time. (08/02/12)

TITLE: My Daily Diet
By Myrna Noyes


Strange words. Striking. Shocking. Offensive.

Human flesh instead of bread? Blood, not fruit juice? What can it really mean? Am I to be a cannibal? A carnivorous flesh-eater? A vampire?

I cry to God, "Feed me!" He cries back, "Feed on Me!"

What?! Did I hear correctly?

He must be kidding! This is a joke, right?

This is insane! I won't listen to Him!

He sounds dangerous and even evil! I shall flee from Him!

The Man of Mystery says, "Eat Me." He commands, "Drink My life essence, running red."

It is a banquet with blood, a feast of flesh.

I plead, "Give me cake, pie, cookies, pastries. Serve me potatoes, steak, pizza, lasagna. I'll even eat my vegetables! Anything but this deranged diet of yours, Lord!"

He holds out his hands. "Consume Me."

I take a bite. Chew. Don't spit it out--swallow it all! At first my tongue curls, my taste buds rebel. It's too much to ask. I can't do it! I won't do it!

How shall it feel, gnawing on Truth, sipping the living liquid of the Spirit? Might it be like a fire, warming every cold corner within me, melting my inner ice? Will it be as a flash flood coursing through my veins, filling with vitality every empty, dying place inside?

Dare I hope...believe...expect...this Man's Manna to satisfy my heart-hunger? Will His transfusion in fact transform? Is it possible that my arid, shriveling soul will truly never thirst again?

Once more I ask: What does it mean to dine on the Divine?

He answers, "Take Me in to the core of who you are. Digest My words. Be nourished by My everlasting presence. Sustain yourself with My goodness and My grace."

At last, in company with His ancient followers, I beg, "Lord, give me this Bread always."

Again He holds out His hands.

I will take this broken Loaf and give thanks. I will lift the cup of crimson and imbibe the Life therein.

I have chosen. This shall be my daily diet.

Based on the Gospel of John, chapter six, verses 25-66

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C D Swanson 08/09/12
Lovely job with this Biblical reference...I truly enjoyed it and thought it extremely clever and so totally on topic. Thank you!

God bless~
lynn gipson 08/13/12
Wow! I truly loved this...just a wonderful take on the word of God. Great Job!!
Deborah Engle 08/13/12
What a wonderful perspective on the topic, though I had a bit of a problem getting past, "eating human flesh". I think a few more words would have helped to soften some of the imagery, making it easier to digest, but like you said, time was short.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/13/12
This piece was very deep, spiritually, and definitely on topic.
Noel Mitaxa 08/13/12
A very descriptive and challenging entry that catches the sense of confusion that prompted some to accuse Jesus' followers of being cannibals.
Charla Diehl 08/15/12
Great job on clearing up the misconception some have of the communion words spoken over the elements of the bread and wine. I enjoyed this piece from start to finish.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/16/12
Congratulations, Myrna, on first place for this excellent piece!
C D Swanson 08/16/12
Congrats! God Bless
Nancy Bucca08/16/12
This is where it's at, all right. Absolutely fantastic job with this. Congratulations on winning 1st!
Danielle King 08/17/12
Amazing and well worthy of placing first. Congratulations.
Loren T. Lowery08/21/12
Well written and couldn't be more perfect for being on topic. Congratulations, Myrna - I'm doing the happy dance for you : )