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Topic: PICNIC - deadline 7-12-12 @ 9:59 AM NY Time (07/05/12)
TITLE: A Table Never Full
By Kimberly Miller
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I look at Him with apparent shock and view His food and drink; incredulously I can't believe the meal He is offering me. I don't much like shame or being unnoticed-what a ridiculous walk He has chosen! Why go low and never be known- I was made for fame and a throne! Being poor and needy doesn't seem fun-what happened to proud and to strong? I like being accepted and everyone's friend, not the lone man despised in a crowd. I want to draw near for this Man seems quite great, His radiance alone blinds my eyes; but I look to the left and gaze to the right at the spread of more tables not far.
And there what a sight! What a glorious array of sweets and of treats quite divine! Could any resist or easily dismiss such an offer of delights such as these? Could they pass by riches and scoff at fame, or turn down renown and laugh at praise? Could they deny gain of every sort and easily scorn ease and comfort? It would be so easy to choose these pleasing meals; my flesh it wrestles and inwardly squirms. It begs me to turn aside to any alluring dish, and though I am tempted I continue to resist. My gaze is fixed, glued on this Man; though I'm thoroughly confused, before Him I stand.
This Man sits alone at a table quite full; He prepared it all day, though none have chosen to stay. At all other tables swarms of people enjoy the feasts of the meals the World set forth. Groveling in lusts they fill up their flesh, getting drunk on the wines of their temporal idols. As I watch they seem happy, perfectly content; I wonder why I remain empty by denying myself.
But before I depart and leave this Man to Himself, I look in His eyes-behold they are burning with fire! Overwhelmed by the sight I sit down for a moment; I'm caught out of breath and completely alarmed. For I saw in that second something unheard of and rare; I saw burning inside a love He was yearning to share. There in the depths of this Man's heart was a gift of desire, an affection for man that burned as strong as a fire. It ached for my life to know that it was prized; it ached for mankind to know His unending desire. It longed for all children to come eat from His table, to know He was truly a real Man and not a made up story or fable.
With solemn acceptance this Man finally spoke, as sorrow filled His eyes and grief choked His voice. He looked straight at me and began to with anguish reveal, the reason why He sat alone at His grandiose table.
"Man doesn't want Me- they never really have. They solely want My blessings and the gifts from My hand. They're unconcerned with My personhood and who I truly am; for if they cared to know My heart they would delightfully eat the food I have. The marriage vow of love yokes two together regardless of, the trials and the hardships that are certain still to come. To truly follow Me is a price few will choose to pay, to drink the cup I've drunk is a sacrifice few will ever make. Thus I dine alone at My table never full; though I invite all to My picnic, the World's is much more fun."
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