Many years ago, (I think it was 2001 I don’t remember the exact date) my parents sat me and my siblings (then there were only 3 of us!) down in the living room.
the B’s in April 2001(not the date of told happening but it is the very couch we sat on during this and the one we still have!)
They proceeded to tell us very excitedly that they had an invitation to give to each of us. They handed each of us an envelope with our name on it, beautifully written in attractive, blue ink calligraphy by my mother. They told us to open our envelopes at the same time.
We each tore open our envelope, excitedly anticipating and wondering what it was we should find… What it was we were invited to! Pulling out the invitation revealed a white card with a cornucopia adorning the top of it and words in bold, black type that read:
“You are invited to a banquet!”
Oh what excited glances we gave each other as we awaited permission to look inside! What, oh what could the banquet be for and who was inviting us to it?! Dad told us to open our cards and he told one of us (I don’t remember which of us kids) to read the invitation aloud:
“Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.”
After the reading dad explained that this was the most bountiful feast we could ever be invited to partake of and the most beautiful woman had invited us to it. We had a choice: We could lavishly dine at Lady Wisdom’s table or reject her for our own vomit (Proverbs 26:11) We sat, the then 3 B’s, and quietly listened to him tell of this exciting invitation to a banquet. At first I think I was a bit disappointed (I was a foolish girl of 10) This wasn’t a “real” invitation, I thought. But how wrong that little girl was! It is a very real invitation! Every day we make a choice to eat and drink at this abundant table or reject it to wallow in the mire!
When they, my parents, had finished inviting us to this marvelous feast, they presented each of us with our daily food, our banquet, a King James Bible! I still have that green (my favourite color) Bible sitting on my desk, with my invitation to the feast inside. It reminds me of that night and of my father and mother’s solemn instructions to the boys and me. Now I would like to tell you something:
You are invited to a Banquet!
Will you come?!
I praise and thank the Lord for giving me such God-fearing parents who wanted and continue to train their children, even at a young age, to seek Him early! To follow after Him! To reject the folly and vanity of this world and love and seek the Wisdom and riches that are from above! Thank you Lord for my parents! Thank you dad and mom for loving your children so much that you sacrifice(d) yourself daily to train your children in the Way they should go! I pray that none of us will EVER depart from it!
Sorry about the poor quality of the pictures. They are pictures taken with my phone of the originals. Back then we didn’t have a digital camera :)