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    “Come,” said the teacher.  “We’re going to see the beginning of a wedding.”

    We journeyed through the desert until we arrived at the tent village of the bridegroom where we watched the events unfold as uninvited and mostly unnoticed guests.  It all focused on a young man and the entourage that surrounded and followed him.

    “That’s the bridegroom,” said the teacher, “with his relatives and friends.”

    The procession mad its way to the end of the campy where the bridegroom got on a camel and continued, while the others followed behind on foot.  We joined in.  No one seemed to mind.  We walked for about half an hour until we arrived at our destination, another tent village where a small crowd was waiting.  The bridegroom dismounted the camel, was welcomed by the group, and then led to one of the tents.

    “What you just witnessed, ” said the teacher, “was the journey of the bridegroom.  It goes back to the Hebrew wedding of ancient times.  In order tof there to be a marriage, the bridegroom had to first make a journey from his house to the house of the bride.  It didn’t matter where she lived, across the camp or across the desert; wherever she was, he had to journey to her.”

    “And there’s a mystery in it?”  I asked.

    “The bridegroom is a shadow of God.  And we are each born to be the bride.  But in order for there to be a marriage, the joining of the two, the bridegroom must always journey from his house to the house of the bride.  So according to the mystery, two thousand years ago the Bridegroom, God, undertook the journey of the bridegroom.  He traveled not across a city or desert, but across time and space…from heaven, the house of the Bridegroom, to earth, the house of the bride.”

    “Does the bride ever journey to the bridegroom?”  I asked.

    “Never,” he replied.  “And so in the same way, you can never reach God or heaven on your own.,  But you don’t have to.  It is the Bridegroom who journeys to the bride.  It is God who journeys to you.  He comes to your tent, to your life…no matter where you are, no matter what your life is like, no matter how far away you are from Him.  He still comes to your house, to wherever you are.  And no matter where you find yourself, He will be the One who comes to you…and who knocks on the door of your heart.”
    And what does the bride do?”  I asked.  “What are we supposed to do?”

    “Open up,” said the teacher.  “You open up…and you let Him in.”

    The Mission:  Today, encounter the Bridegroom.  But instead of trying to reach Him, let Him reach you, just where you are, just as you are.

    Matthew 25:1-13; John 3:29; 16:28

    Cahn, Jonathan. “The Bridegroom’s Visitation.” The Book of Mysteries. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine, 2016. Day 80. Print.
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    "Baruch haba ba'Shem Adonai !"
    "Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the LORD !"

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