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An Open Invitation
by Carol Penhorwood 
11/07/10
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The greatest invitation,
Come one and all to dine,
To feast within God's kingdom,
Accept the gift divine.

But many the excuses,
Too much you want to do,
The burdens of the here and now...
Not the eternal view.

"I have bought a field, you see,
My job takes all my time,
According to projections,
I've mountains yet to climb."

"I've bought five yoke of oxen
And I must try them out,
Places to go and things to do...
It's pleasures I'm about."

"You know I just got married,
Love makes the world go 'round,
And caring for one's family...
Now I am duty bound."

So many the excuses,
Too much you want to do,
The pleasures of the here and now...
Not the eternal view.

An open invitation
The wise will not ignore,
God offers to meet all our needs,
A feast we have in store.


Jesus said to him, "A man gave a big banquet and invited many people. When it was time to eat, the man sent his servant to tell the guests, 'Come. Everything is ready.' But all the guests made excuses. The first one said, 'I have bought a field, and I must go look at it. Please excuse me.' Another said, 'I have just bought five pairs of oxen; I must go and try them. Please excuse me.' A third person said, 'I just got married; I can't come.' So the servant returned and told his master what had happened. Then the master became angry and said, 'Go at once into the streets and alleys of the town, and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.' Later the servant said to him, 'Master, I did what you commanded, but we still have room.' The master said to the servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes, and urge the people there to come so my house will be full. I tell you, none of those whom I invited first will eat with me.'" Luke 14:16-24 (New Century Version)



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David Nicoli 29 Nov 2010
very good flow on this one, may God continue to use you.
Beth LaBuff  12 Nov 2010
Carol, I love the creative way you've penned this poem. It's drawn beautifully from the passage you've included. Your message is tender, just like the One who offers the invitation. Love this!
Sunny Loomis  12 Nov 2010
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Judy Wood 11 Nov 2010
How very true. We need to realize our top priority is God. He does take care of all our needs.
Judy Wilson 08 Nov 2010
Beautiful Carol... i shudder to think of the things we put before Him...
Ernie Earth 07 Nov 2010
Our LORD invites me to eat with Him daily. I usually start my day with Him, first thing in the morning. But many of the men from my church's men's Bible study, have trouble finding the time to spend with Father. A truly beautiful poem. Your love of Popa shows.
Jeanne E Webster  07 Nov 2010
You have touched on a great mystery here, ever so nicely. A good reminder of our solemn duty to attend this feast. Just imagine: we have our own seat at the table, reserved especially for us with our new names. What a celebration day! Jesus invites all but it seems that those who are comfortable on earth have no desire or interest in the heavenly. So sad. A very nice poem, Carol. Blessings :)




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