What a joy and privilege. Jesus’ family is singing to you. Carpenter takes Sausage’s reins. Dismounting your legs feel like jelly.  Mary slips her arm through yours and leads you inside. She whispers, “Havej, our Father, Jehovah, God, the three in one, is here!”  Her eyes shine brightly, “He’s come to seal your adoption into His family.” Your puzzled expression has her add, “Today is your Pentecost.”  Whispering, you tell her you received the Holy Spirit when born-again.  Her reply,“This is a greater anointing.”

Following behind you are Joseph, Jesse and Carpenter.  They remind you of a bridal party!  You note that people are coming in as you turn from the central aisle into a side room.  There your eyes widen at a leather-bound book so huge there is hardly space for the five of you. In an awesome whisper Mary explains, “This is just one volume of the book of life.  Scrolls with the names of those who love the Lord are placed inside.  Use the ladder. See your name and those of your generational family who embraced Jesus’ gift of salvation.”  Without hesitation you climb up.  Your cousin’s name is directly above yours, and there are hundreds of names above that.  The only names you recognise are three great aunts and two grandparents. Only two of your generation know the Lord, you determine to change that.

When Havej enters, His hand stops you falling on your knees. “No need! I am Jesus your friend, and to your family who know me and have prayed for you.  No request goes unanswered. Given a choice you made the right one!”  His arresting eyes and smile penetrate into the depth of your being.  “Today they were the witnesses cheering you on, now, go and meet them.”

Read:  “The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white.  I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.”  Revelation 3:5 (NIV)

Speak:  Oh Lord, help me to worship you in Spirit and truth:  be it in song, be it speaking your word and applying it into my life, or just sitting soaking in your Presence. I want to know you as you know me.


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