“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.
5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept.
6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’
10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut.
11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’
12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
Fatherhood - parenthood - eventually we reach a point where the parent's voice is not the one we are looking for. And more unique methods of communication have to arrive.
So far, very far lengths, Father God has tried various options - 10 lepers. And one returned.
Father God has tried making the blind see - and a few, we found, lasted long enough to learn their name.
God might even be willing be willing to sing "Like a Good Neighbor - State Farm - is There!"
Father God is doing what is needed to create a stir, create interest. He is telling about wedding invitations for honored guests. Why? Because this is about ascension. People want to ascend. They hope for themselves, for their siblings, for friends, for the opportunities to increase that they might ascend.
God is hoping He got your attention now.
His Plan we ascend.
This is a good parent - willing to change topics to reveal... Something about the Prodigal's Father plans for your life - He is hoping the road map is followed. Come Home!!! See Your Father !!! Don't get lost !!! I am has the greatest opportunity for you !!!
God is so good and so vast and so appealing and so intricately entwined in our lives - there is no way on earth - only Heaven - we will all read the parable and see the same thing. There is not really a right answer beyond - only - Jesus. And Living Water is going to flow to nourish the right need.
Fortunately with this being "Living Word" ~ we are never, ever going to run out of explanations.
This to me, this evening, after Thanksgiving, appears to me to speak of letting the Light within our soul - Shine. Continue to Radiate - Light - Light of the World. Jesus. The Christ of God.
The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
Father God has started so well. He created and His Creation is seen by God, "And God saw that this was Good." God was holding conversations with us. Genesis.
What will you do to fill your eternal with Jesus - Light of God. God is good - He tells us. Believe in the One He sent. Believe He is God. God alone is God. In one area of our lives or another - there are difficulties. Made by ourselves. And sometimes promptly covered up allowing peace and prosperity. However, God is telling about a lot of sincerity here. Every day things - blocking good fruit - making the tree not produce much good fruit. Ability to skate by. False assumptions. Pride. Self absorption. Failing to pray for another. Failing to want the good for another person.
And lack of sharing. Those bridesmaids are not the bride.
And actually - The Lord who did not open the door - saw the prosperous bridesmaids remained and the silly gooses run off. Somedays this sounds just, other days this does not sound like "Love Your Neighbor as Yourself"
This whole story of ascension is fraught. Fraught with difficulties of winners and preparedness, heart and silliness. Jockey for position found in Luke's 3rd Chapter.
And we un-build. Saying to the unwise - row you own boat. Not realizing we are revealed.
Again, God says to us as He closes, "We do not know."
Jesus said the same thing.
Love one another sounds easiest, most reliable, more of the Heart and Soul of Jesus.
Your Love and Grace are immeasurable. Pouring into us each day we call to You in Love. We need Jesus. Nothing we could ever do would replace what Jesus has accomplished for me, for you.
Please pray with us Jesus, that our prayers are not just requests and instead are the Light and warmth and Love of Father God upon our cares.
Let our Light so Shine as to be a good place for You. With sincere, genuine Love.
Reveal our hearts to You and teach us each day to be with You, Father God.
Remind us Your Invitation is the one we want. Help us to have the wisdom to continue to have You light our soul's lamp.
Let us have honest conversations. Let us have Your heart and Your goodness to reveal You as the Father.
Let us not get stuck in one place, help us to each day see what we need to do and to do that. Because in Your strength, we will not fade as unlit lamps, instead we will continue to be reflecting the Light of Christ shining forth through the millenniums - inspiring healing, Love, Joy, Peace, Overcoming, Encouragement and being Open to the Lord's Goodness.
We pray this for the ones we Love. The people You give us. For our pressing concerns that seem so important today. For the diligence to pray without forgetting answers usually happen. And to Give Thanks. To inspire others to remember God is Love. Bringing more Heaven to our Churches, Jobs, Neighborhoods, and to our Nation. Being part of the Body of Christ from millenniums all the way to today.
We are remembering John and his health concern with breathing. Scoop the 19 year old kitty, Edward, the man and his daughter trying to fix their situation with the drone and the tree, Anne's Pneumonia and needs. And traveling in safety.
Replenish us in Your Love. Being wrapped in Your Peace to say, Jesus is Lord. And God is in Charge. Blessed be the Name of Jesus. Peace to all of us who are in Christ. Amen.
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