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Topic: PICNIC - deadline 7-12-12 @ 9:59 AM NY Time (07/05/12)
By C D Swanson
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The emerald green grass was perfectly manicured. The brief rainstorm earlier still hung in the air. The blades glistened in the sun. The fresh scent of grass tickled her nostrils as she took her place at the table. Her white dress was in striking contrast with the deep purple tablecloth. Heather's ringlets of fire touched her waist. She looked around to see if she recognized anyone; the faces were unfamiliar thus far.
The table began filling up slowly with people that were invited. A tall man with white hair in a periwinkle blue suit, sat near a tow-headed boy. Heather observed them both with interest.
The river surrounding the grounds babbled in a melodic fashion.
Heather looked at the elaborate gold plate set in front of her. The ornate red goblet overlaid with gold, was the perfect companion to the cutlery and plates. A gigantic silver platter piled high with fruit was placed in the middle of the long table. Juice, water, and milk were the beverages of choice. Various nuts, barley, and bread were in abundance. Warm honey, and fresh butter, with a variety of jam and jellied tarts sat next to the bread.
Heather saw a friend and waved frantically. Molly came running over and hugged Heather tightly. Her espresso-brown hair secured atop her head complemented her pink dress nicely. She sat down next to Heather. It was one of two seats that were unoccupied. Now… one remained.
"Molly, I'm so glad to see you. How have you been? It's been so long. I haven't seen you in years."
"I've been well. I'm so glad I found someone I knew. I was nervous I wouldn't find one soul that I knew." Heather's smile burst forth lighting up her pretty face.
"Where is everyone else?" Molly's eyebrows raised into arches over her violet colored eyes.
"I don't know." Heather said in a small voice.
Just then a trumpet sounded as everyone stood with bowed heads. And, then a deep voice resonated throughout the field.
"Be seated everyone."
They obeyed, and sat in perfect synchrony. And, the man with the deep voice spoke again.
"My children I'm so glad you are here with Me. You have followed My example, and have preached My gospel. You have lived a life that was pleasing to Me and My Father. And, in so doing, you have been given the gift of eternal life. I have prepared this table for you, as I have said I would. And, lo...My promise is now a reality for all of you. The remnant few. The others shall come later, and some, will not come at all. But, for now, partake of the veritable goods in My Field. You have all done well My children. My Father and I are so proud of each and every one of you.
When Jesus finished speaking, they got on their knees. They all sang a new song, each praising His glory, rejoicing in His Holy presence. Heather smiled at Molly, they were so glad they were invited.
And, afterwards,they shared the endless bounty of food and drink at... His table.
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