Monday, September 15, 2014
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
“Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. (Matthew 25:1-13, NKJV)
What do you make of this passage? Jesus compared His coming kingdom to a wedding. Interesting, because the Jewish wedding was a lengthy affair, not the one-hour visit to a church for the ceremony and another maybe hour or so at a reception.
Sometimes the time of the wedding was a secret date known only to the groom and his groomsmen. On the day--or rather the night--of the wedding, the groom and his men would actually kidnap the bride and parade her through the streets, letting people know the wedding was about to happen. The groom and groomsmen take her to a prearranged place that would hopefully be in readiness--thus the girls who were responsible for that needed to be constantly watching and listening for the party to arrive, and they'd especially need filled lamps. There wouldn't have been time to go find a vendor to fill their lamps. Once the bride and groom had gone through a lengthy, vow-filled ceremony, they'd be taken to a room especially prepared for them, and they would consummate their wedding. Then they'd spend the week being treated as a king and queen on thrones by all the attendees.
You can see why those ladies had to have the place ready and why their master (the groom) would be a little upset if they didn't have light for the long night-time ceremony.
Are you ready for the Bridegroom?
Jesus, Please show us what You have for us to do to be ready for You. May we not fail You in this joy-filled occurrence. Amen
Saturday, September 13, 2014
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:
. . . . A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing. (Ecclesiastes 3:1,5b, NKJV)
This verse is a very basic truth, even self evident. I'm dismayed and disgusted by some of the blatant embraces you can see in public places, as I'm sure you are. Some embraces were never meant to display to the world.
And a time to embrace. A nonsexual embrace in public is acceptable and needed in times of grief, fear, or shared upsets or joys. I've sometimes hugged total strangers to congratulate or greet them or to share in some grief.
Keep in mind--some people really don't appreciate hugging, even if they know you well. Watch the body language.
And be careful, those of you who are younger. Sometimes that friendly hug can be misinterpreted, or can lead to something you really, really shouldn't get involved in. Those are the times to refrain from any embrace. Even well-meaning hugs can change into something more than you originally intended--watch out!
There's a time and a place for everything, including embracing. Save those precious hugs for the proper time and the proper place.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Anne: Sweetland Interviews! We have two series, one already out and soon to be released in paperback, and a new one beginning in a week. The completed series is Summer in Sweetland. The second will be 'Tis the Season in Sweetland, and the first volume, Unseen by Diane Huff Pitts (up for presale now), is scheduled to release on September 18.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Anne: I love this particular author, Ane Mulligan. Not just because I love her writing, but also because she is as loveable and zany as her characters. (Sorry, Ane, your secret's out.) I reviewed her new book yesterday (to read that review and comment for a chance to win a copy, click HERE.)
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Oh, I loved this book--lighthearted humor at it's very, very best. The heroine--or one of them--is priceless. Permanent foot in mouth, cooks like the worst navy chef ever, graceful as a pregnant cow, and hungering for her husband to say she's pretty or that he's proud of her. The book kept me grinning all the way through.
Monday, September 8, 2014
And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’ But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. (Matthew 22:1-10, NKJV)
Saturday, September 6, 2014
To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
.... A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones. (Ecclesiastes 3:1,5a NKJV)
Wow--what do we make of this passage? I'm thinking--in the time of Solomon, why would you cast away stones?