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Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)
- TITLE: The Wedding
By Phillip Cimei
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“Stooooop! I will not allow her to wed that man.”
There he stood, face contorted, eyes glowing with hatred and anger, his body quivering as family and friends restrained him.
He pointed his finger at the bride and said, “I forbid you to marry this arrogant, better than everyone man. He and his father despise our kind. You belong with us. You are nothing like him or his father.”
The bride stood erect, her head did not lower like a cowering dog, her eyes did not tear up or even squint with fury . Neither did they widen in shock as would be expected.
She boldly faced her family and said, “I am no longer bound by you and your ways. You have tried to mold me into the corrupt and malicious clan that you are.
Her father lunged forward foaming at the mouth and shouted out, “He has already turned you away from us. You see! You know you liked the parties we threw. Yes, they lasted days even weeks.”
He went on about how she went on the trips of thievery and violent confrontations against their enemies. How she stood by during their drunken feasts.
He continued his ranting and said, “Do you think because you look all clean and pure like a virgin they won't turn their noses up at you one day?”
“I endured your debaucheries, your lies and ruthless ways because that is all I knew,” she said.
Her appearance glowed even brighter, She wouldn't live in the past, feel guilty, or succumb to his heckling and threats.
“I tried many times to leave, she said. Your begging was relentless, your lies and promises daunting, but I knew it would never change.
Her lips turned up at the corners just slightly, she turned to her beloved groom. Her eyes glistened like a sapphire and her cheeks flushed with love. She turned back to the followers. With a voice of an angel she told them of the glorious life she would now have with her beloved. She will live in peace and happiness forever.
Her father gnashed his teeth and said, “Don't think that you will convert us with your sweet talk and kind ways. It didn't work after you left. Your hiding in the wilderness didn't make us forget you or the likes of him.
The groom turned toward the mob. They hid behind her father. The groom said, “My father bid many to come to this wedding and the feast that he had prepared, but they made light of it and went their way. Others were summoned but did not prepare themselves. Neither did you. You will be locked out of the feast. Those that loved my father, me and my family were chosen to celebrate this great occasion.”
The father interrupted, raised his robust arm and with authority told all those who where not invited to the wedding and the feast to leave. They were ushered out weeping and gnashing their teeth. The doors were locked and the wedding continued.
Those that were invited were in awe as they could see a transformation from two separate figures to one. The glory and brightness of these two were like the union of flames. The bride would not have her own spirit any more. She would take on the groom's. Their hearts would be one. Their future would be one. Their eternity would be one.
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.” Rev. 19:7 KJV
Christ and His bride, it was the beginning and the end, the downfall and the redemption, the head and the body. They were bookends that supported the volumes of history: the creation, God's love, his promise and the final union of The Christ and His Church.
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