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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Rich (04/26/12)

TITLE: Prelude
By Beth LaBuff
05/02/12


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Prelude

~ Come, for everything is now ready. 1 ~
***

In the kingdom of God, through a portal I peered
As the guests began to gather.
Across the threshold was a banquet hall,
And I was among the blessed, one by God invited.

A voice like a trumpet echoed, “Come inside.”

Into the hall, the floor lustered like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
Reflected on the floor, stretching on to infinity, was the length of table.
Overtop, a suspended canopy of pristine gossamer swayed in celestial breezes.
Flanking the table were chairs with lavish cushions and gold filigree backs.

The table linen was exquisitely interwoven with finely twisted threads, gold and scarlet-dyed.

Glassware reflected rainbows on the gossamer canopy.
Plates and bowls at each setting were wrought from precious stones,
Crafted from sapphire, amethyst, and ruby.
Luxurious foods loaded the table--platters of angelic fare.

At each place setting, a white stone with a new name engraved, lay beside.

The wedding guests assembled, friends of the bride and Bridegroom.
I was blessed to be among the ancients, commended for our faith.
Amidst the throng, I brushed shoulders with those arrayed in white robes,
Ushered by death out of the great tribulation.

I longed, for just a twinkling-eye moment, to here abide.

When a hush overtook us, our tongues compelled to silence,
There came from the throne a voice with rich timbre, “Praise our God, all you his servants.2
Then my voice resounded with thousands, and thousands upon thousands,
“Hallelujah! The wedding of the Lamb has come; the bride has made herself ready.3

Salt tear rivulets trailed down my face; overwhelmed by majesty, I cried.

And there she stood, arrayed in linen bright and clean, righteous and radiant, without stain or wrinkle.
She gazed at her Bridegroom, scarred by eternal wounds.
With the roar of rushing waters and loud peals of thunder,
My “Hallelujah” joined with that of the multitude,

For here was the awaited—The Lamb and His blood-bought bride!

***

“Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” Revelation 19:9

“For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and the bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean was given her to wear. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)” Revelation 19:7-8

***

1 Luke 14:17
2 Revelation 19:5
3 Revelation 19:7
(all Scripture quotations from NIV 1984)

Inspiration drawn from select verses from:
--Revelation 2, 7, 19, Matthew 22, Ephesians 5, Hebrews 11--



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Verna Cole Mitchell 05/03/12
This beautiful poem is so full of hope and inspiration, I'm singing "hallelujah!" along with the narrator. I like the rhyme of the last lines.
Margaret Kearley 05/04/12
Beautifully portrayed - like sitting on the window sill of Heaven. Very moving -
'Salt tear rivulets trailed down my face; overwhelmed by majesty, I cried.' Such inspirig and thrilling picture of the Ric Wedding Feast of the Lamb. Thankyou

CD Swanson 05/05/12
Lovely...this gave me goose bumps. So elegant and extravagant in its execution...and filled with pure love for the Lord.

Wonderful...Thank you.

God Bless~
Marita Thelander 05/07/12
Wow. Gripping. Worth a second read to capture the images once again. Awesome.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/08/12
This is so lovely. There is so much hidden gems in each line. A very rich poem indeed,
Laury Hubrich 05/10/12
This is beautiful, Beth. Congratulations on your EC! <3
Charla Diehl 05/10/12
Beth, this piece is packed with imagery that stirs the soul. Beautiful in content, excellent in delivery and reads like a prayer. No surprise that this was among the EC winners.
Sharon Eastman05/10/12
I often dream of this. Your words exceed anything I could dream of. Splendid writing!