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Thursday, November 09, 2017

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Everybody loves a wedding.  All of the joy and happiness that we experience when we anticipate or attend a wedding, should be the same joy and happiness we experience when we encounter the kingdom of God. There is a special wisdom that belongs to those who await the kingdom that God offers to those who belong to Jesus. They await in eager readiness because they know that Jesus Christ turns all of the demands of God's law--our want to hear only the "thou shalt not"--into pure grace and mercy. In other words, in our brief existence we are supposed to have a good time as we await the kingdom with joy. How about that?

God, thank you for this gift, this life, this love, this joy. Please help me, this day, to experience life as a pure, amazing joyful party. I can hardly wait. Amen.

Chris Enstad, '00
Lead Pastor, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Madison and Verona, Wis.

Matthew 25:1-13 (NRSV)

1 "Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
3 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, all of them became drowsy and slept.
6 But at midnight there was a shout, "Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.'
7 Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps.
8 The foolish said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
9 But the wise replied, "No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.'
10 And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut.
11 Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, "Lord, lord, open to us.'
12 But he replied, "Truly I tell you, I do not know you.'
13 Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

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