“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.” – Revelation 19:7
There is a huge oak table in our basement that used to sit in the dining area of our kitchen. It belonged to my husband’s father and we used it when our children were small. When we built a new house about thirty years ago, our oak table was replaced with a new maple one. However, we could not bear to discard the old one, so it was relegated to the basement, where it held laundry waiting to be folded, a sewing machine ready to use, and various other items.
That table holds a lot of memories of my family. From the time our children were babies up to their teen years, it was the center of many gatherings, especially during the days when we would all sit down together for meals there. Suppertime saw seven shiny little faces, plus mom and dad, sharing the day’s events over our food. With everyone together, these were good times.
On my bedroom wall hangs a picture of another table, extending out until it can no longer be seen, representing another supper. The Bible tells of the Great Supper that Jesus is preparing for those who are His; those whose names are in the Lamb’s Book of Life because they have given their lives to the Lord. When I think of that Supper, my prayers get very fervent. If I imagine that huge table with family seated all around it, the thought that one face would be missing is impossible to bear. We know that there will be no tears in Heaven, but the idea that a loved one will miss that meeting brings many tears here on earth.
When we look around us, we can see the signs of His coming. Each of us has loved ones who have not yet “made themselves ready,” but not one of them needs to miss that Supper—all are invited. We cannot force them to come, but we can pray and we can witness to them by our lives, with words when opportunity arises, and by our love every day.
Supper is almost ready and our Host is waiting. We must pray with faith, and be willing to spend time and tears for those we love and for many we do not even know. The reward of seeing them around that Supper table will be worth any sacrifice we may have to make here on earth.