Monday, March 10, 2014

The King Gives a Banquet

Once upon a time in a far away land there lived a king. A king who ruled the land with power and might.

All the people both far and near feared this mighty king for he had been king as long as anyone could remember and it was said he had been king since time began and would be king for all time to come.

One day the king decided to have a banquet for all his people. As the servants prepared this banquet, the likes of which no one had ever seen before and will never see again, the king called for his messengers and sent them out into the country, and the city, and the churches and the streets and homes of the people to invite them to his banquet.

The messengers invited the first man,  but he said, "Oh, I can't come now. I just bought a new house and I have to stay here and work so I can earn the money to pay for it."

Next the messengers found a young woman and she said, "No, I can't come now. I just got married and I must stay here with my husband."

Another man told them, "I just bought a beautiful new car and I haven't even driven it yet. I have to stay here. Maybe I'll come later."

So the messengers went back and told the king all that had happened and what everyone said. The king was disappointed that the people didn't want to come to his banquet because he was making a special place for each person at his table. So he sent his messengers out again, and this time they went to the prisons, and to the homeless shelters and to the dark streets and alleys and to those who had never even heard of the king, and they brought them in to the banquet.

Then one of the messengers said to the king, " Your Majesty, we have done what you said and invited all the people, but there is still room at your banquet." So the king told the messengers to go to every country, both near and far, and to the far corners of the earth and bring all that would come to his banquet.

So the messengers brought people from both near and far, good and bad, with pink hair, purple hair, body piercings, tattoos, those who were unable to walk by themselves, those who were limping and in wheelchairs, those with leprosy, cancer, and every type of illness, the sick and the healthy, and every nationality on the earth.  And the hall was filled with guests. This made the king very happy.

As each guest arrived they were given a gift from the king, a robe for them to wear.  It was long and full, and beautifully adorned,

and it covered all their infirmities.

As the king greeted all his guests, he noticed there was a man who was not wearing the gift he had given his guests. The king asked the man "Why have you refused the gift I gave you, the robe that covers you?" The man could not answer the king.  The king instructed his servants to tie the man up and throw him outside into the darkness.

The king said "I have invited many, but few chose to come."

Matthew 22:1-14
Luke 14:15-23

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dancing in the Sky

My anniversary is coming up next week and I sure am missing him. Things are different since he's been gone. I do hope he's dancing in the sky and singing in the angels choir.  He did love to dance and sing. If his favorite singer, Roy Orbison is there with him, I'm sure they're dancing and singing and having a great time.

March always seemed like a time of rejuvenation when the world was bright and beautiful. We spent our honeymoon in March on a cruise in the Carribean where the ocean water was turquoise, the sand was hot on our feet and the ocean breeze was warm and wonderful.  And when we lived back east we would vacation in March every year to a warm place in the desert, by the ocean, or in the mountains. We even bought our retirement home in March while we were on vacation. We went to the lake every year in March to look at the wild flowers. March was the best time of the year! 

Then he died in March, and it's just not the same.

I imagine the wildflowers still bloom in March, but I haven't seen them.  

I bet the ocean water in the Carribbean  is still turquoise, the sand is still hot, and the ocean breeze is still warm and wonderful, but I haven't seen that either.

Things are different since he's been gone....

Monday, March 3, 2014

Son of God - The Movie

For all my friends who are considering going to the theater to watch the movie "Son of God", here's my review of the movie. I know this won't be a spoiler for anyone, since you all know how the movie ends, so I'll give you my opinion on a few of the scenes and the movie as a whole. If you saw the movie, I would like to hear your thoughts.

I liked the way it began with the apostle John quoting John 1:1 "In the Beginning."

Then as the movie got started and they were showing Abraham and Noah, I thought "isn't this the same as "The Bible" mini series? Did I just pay money to watch this at the movie when I watched it for free on TV in my living room last year?  I tend to be a little pessimistic that way.

Yes, it was much the same as the mini series, however, once  Jesus was portrayed on the big screen with all his compassion and love for people, I couldn't help but get settled in to watch the movie and found I was enjoying it.

The scene with Jesus and Peter in the boat catching fish was memorable.  You could see that Peter was not sure what was going to happen next, but he was so drawn to Jesus that he had to follow him. And the sound of the big screen gave me a feeling that I was watching this scene unfold between Jesus and Peter. This was one of my favorite scenes in the movie!

Peter was someone I could relate to throughout the movie. He was so excited to see Jesus out on the water and had the faith to step out of the boat and onto the water, quickly lost faith, and then sank. Yet there were times when you could see his faith, and then he ran away and denied Jesus three times.

This movie was about Jesus and his life. The life he gave for mankind. And I believe it was portrayed well. It showed his compassion for man. Like when he fed the hungry, healed the lame man, touched the children, saved the woman who was going to be stoned, called Matthew the tax collector, and raised Lazarus from the dead.

The only flaw I can give to this movie, and I don't know how it could have been made otherwise, was the crucifixion. It was agonizing. I don't really know how long it lasted, but it seemed to go on forever. I did not watch most of it. I covered my eyes and wept. I knew exactly what was happening by the sounds. I kept thinking it must be almost over, or I would have gotten up and went to the restroom, as many did at that time. When I finally heard that sword slide out of the sheath to pierce his side, I was nauseous, but it was finally over.

I would have preferred to see more of Jesus after his resurrection and less of his crucifixion. However, they did show him resurrected at the tomb, which was a great scene, and in the room with his disciples, and on a hill before he ascended.

It was a very good movie. Most definitely worth watching. If I were you I would take a break and go stretch my legs during the crucifixion scene. Believe me, you have plenty of time.