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Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)
TITLE: Sophia's Banquet
By Vicki Chappelear
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The table was set. It was beautiful. The crisp white linens draped effortlessly over the table. The finest gold-rimmed white china was set at each place. Each salad plate sat atop a dinner plate, the two were flanked by gold flatware. She had remembered the salad fork and the dinner fork and arranged everything in its proper place. A freshly pressed linen napkin was tucked neatly under the knife and spoons. Directly above the knife was a crystal water goblet, nothing but the best for her quests. In the center of the table, she placed bouquets of fresh cut purple flowers and white candles. There was one thing missing though, the place cards, she had not requested an RSVP so she did not know who would be coming or even how many quests to count on.
She had sent out the invitations to everyone. She had posted signs at the city gates. Her servants went from house to house inviting one and all. She wanted everyone to come and join her for the feast. She did not care if the guests were rich or poor, young or old, fools or learned, she wanted them all to come and hear what she had to tell them.
The invitations read as follows: “Attention everyone! I am giving a banquet for anyone who wants to come. My house is easy to find, just look for the open door. My door is open to all; no one will be turned away. Please come and hear what I have to say. You do not need to be smart to understand, I speak in plain language. My advice is wholesome and good, nothing crooked or twisted. This precious information will bring life; it is more valuable than rubies and pure gold. The benefits of heeding my words may include riches, honor, wealth, justice and it could even multiply your days! There is no risk for entering my house and there is much to be gained. No need to RSVP - just come and come quickly!”
She spent the day preparing the seven-course meal. She took loving care to season the meat properly before cooking. All of the vegetables were cleaned and chopped carefully. Taking great care to ensure they were all uniform in size and shape. She put much love into the meal that she prepared, she knew this was of great importance; she wanted to do her best.
The hour had arrived, Sophia was very excited. The guests began coming through the door, she welcomed each one warmly and showed them to their seats. It was time for dinner to be served and yet, there were not as many as she had hoped would come. Not all of the seats were taken; there was room for many more. She walked to the door to peak outside to see if more guests were on their way.
She wondered if the neighbor on the corner, Desire’, too had her door open. If only those who stopped at the corner had come to Sophia’s first, she could have warned them about Desire’ and kept them from the harm she wishes to cause them.
She returned to the banquet table and began to serve the first course of the meal. She was delighted that these people were here to hear her advice and gain wisdom.
Based on Proverbs 8 & 9
The name Sophia means Wisdom
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