The conservatory below your window is lit with candles.  You bathe and dress in the clothes on your bed.  At your arrival downstairs you sense people have been waiting to say how pleased they are you have been adopted into God’s family.

After Mary’s husband blesses the food, you sample all the dishes, and drink the fine wine from Havej’s vineyard.  Joseph arrives, hugs you and says, “It’s good to see you.  Billy and Joseph are thrilled to hear your news.”  You speak your surprise at everyone’s interest and Joseph grins and informs you, “This gathering tonight is not just thanksgiving to God for the grain harvest, but to celebrate the seed in your heart that has been germinated and rapidly growing.  God desires to nurture you into an oak of righteousness so you are able to be used to further His Kingdom.  At that news you shake your head. Joseph gives a knowing smile. “The disciples felt much the same when called ‘fishers of men’!

Before you can respond Jesse pulls at your arm, eager for you to see him playing the drums in the generational family band. Their music is wonderful, people start singing, linking hands and dancing in circles. You watch until Mary drags you to join in. With the wine flowing, your heart full of joy, you feel like celebrating, and getting the steps wrong is all part of the fun and laughter. It’s not unlike a barn dance, except this has the added element of worship and praise to God.  Ecstatically happy, you can’t remember ever feeling so accepted and loved. You wish the night wouldn’t end. When everyone takes a part in the final song of blessing, you know being here has changed you forever.

Read:  … In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for His own glory.” Isaiah 61:3 (NIV)


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