Verse of the Day
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. — Hebrews 10:35-36 (NIV)

An invitation to the table

Doris MacDonald & Sharon Dennis, Worship Leaders

(Adapted from a story told @ VBWA Retreat, Eagle Eyrie, 2006)

“The child’s eyes widened as she entered the palace. Better than any storybook she’d ever read . . . the opulent interiors were splashed with bright colors, the chambers filled with the best of toys and the tables heavy with delicious food. The King, on his throne, beckoned for her to come and sit on his lap. ‘Come, my child, I’ve been waiting for you—I’ve prepared the best for you to enjoy. Each day I stood by the window, watching and waiting. Each day I prepared a feast and longed for you to comespend the day with me. I’m so glad you’re here!’”

   “The next day, an old man stumbled through the palace door, clutching its frame as his eyes widened in disbelief. His ragged clothes and worn shoes were in stark contrast to the rich tapestries, masterpieces, wondrous library and tables laid heavy with food. He staggered toward the feast, grabbing fistfuls of food and shoving them into his mouth. Suddenly aware of the King’s presence on the throne, he hung his head in shame. ‘My child, what’s mine, is yours. Each day I have set out this feast for you, longing for you to come and spend the day with me. Years passed, and I watched and waited but you did not come. But now you are here, and I have so much to share with you. Come, sit with me, and let us be together.’”

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Where are we in this story — are we like the child, eager to enter into God’s presence and enjoy the blessings he has prepared for us? Or are we like the old man, troubled and wearied by life’s distractions, missing much of what God daily sets out for us? “Come, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

 

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