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Topic: Banquet - deadline 8-16-12 10 am NY time (08/09/12)
TITLE: A Lavish Affair
By Deborah Sampson
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“Are you Jesse?” the woman asked her as she folded the napkins.
“Yes, yes I am, I was told to come to this table. The man was specific on that- he said I had table four hundred and twelve. That’s a lot of tables, don’t you think?” Jesse inquired.
“Not really, that’s not all of them.” She handed Jesse a freshly folded white table cover. You will be in charge of this table, Jesse. It must be as unique as you are.” Rita gave Jesse a pile of matching napkins also. Fold these into a shape you love.” She added.
Jesse stared at Rita. “What do you mean?” She all but blurted it out.
“You’ll figure it out, here’s some name cards too. I’ll put them on the table. Set them where you may, you don’t have to wonder, they all get along famously.” She had the cutest smile on her face. “Many of the tables have been done for a while; of course we did not know when to expect you.”
Jesse sat on the bench. This was a little much. She just got here, was asked if she would help with the festivities and was ushered into this room.
In the next room there appeared to be a lot of commotion going on. There was talking among two men. Although voices were low, there was excitement in their voices and then it became quiet, except for the singing in the background. It was such a beautiful soothing sound.
Jesse got back to her job at hand. She took the white table cover and started to unfold it. To her amazement it was in one piece. It fit both sides evenly. The cover stretched, it seemed like the length of a football field. But it was not burdensome, or heavy to carry.
Next came the napkins, ‘fold them in a shape you love’ what would that be? In serious thought for a moment Jesse’s eyes lit up. Yes, of course, she’d do a heart. Folding the napkin took no effort and the finished product was a beautiful heart. What should have taken hours was done in short order; soon she added the silverware and water glasses.
Next came the name cards, to Jesse’s astonishment the names were all very familiar to her. She was about half way done when a man came up to her.
“Hello, Jesse, I see you got a really neat job.” The man looked directly into her eyes. “You are doing a fine job on this.”
“Yes sir, she spoke in awe of recognition of this man. “Tell me; what is this special occasion about. I just got here and no one told me why. But the answer came to her. It’s the Rapture getting ready to take place, isn’t it.” she smiled. “Jesus is going to collect His bride. What a day this is, but I missed the Rapture didn’t I, that accident I was in took me here, just hours before this event.”
“I wouldn’t say you missed it, Jesse, you got here right on time.” He patted her on her back.
She smiled at the man; it was the thing here, smiling, hugging. It was such a beautiful place, it was beyond description.
John motioned to her to follow him. She always loved to read the book of John, now she got to meet him in person.
“You were quite well known on earth, John.” She mentioned as she walked beside him.
“Yes I was.” He smiled. “So were you with the gold medals you won.”
Jesse couldn’t believe that this was happening. Her grandparents said it would happen and they were the ones that gave her that encouragement all these years.
“Look at this Jesse, stand back and look at the tables before you, the Banquet is about to take place.” John’s arms were outstretched, taking in the magnificent view.
“Yes,its breathtaking. John,the people will surely be ready.”
She looked at John as he shook his head. “Time’s up! If Jesus is in one’s heart they will be here.”
I must hurry and finish my table.” She did not want to miss their arrival. What a day of rejoicing this would be.
This was a fiction story, but not about the Rapture, some day in the near future it will be a reality.
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