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The parable continues...

Following is an extension of the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. This midrash was used in one of our prayer stations at this week's worship. For a full sermon on this text, go here .   Matthew 25:1-13 Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.  As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, “Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.”  Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” But the wise replied, “No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.”  And while they went to buy it, the brideg

Ready or Not

Matthew 25:1-13 Parable series: Week 4 (See   Week 1 ,   Week 2  and   Week 3 ) I grew up in a pretty messy home.    I am not sure how it compared to other homes, though I wondered about this a lot, and felt a sneaking suspicion we were outstandingly untidy, like, maybe worse than everyone I knew. When you came over to our house for dinner, what you didn’t know is that several grueling hours of family scrambling went into getting things ready for you. Cleaning (which often meant stuffing things into drawers and cupboards where they couldn’t be seen), was frenzied and fraught, so that by the time you were casually welcomed in, we were exhausted and a little raw from the arguing.    But you would never know it, because everything would look very nice, as long as you didn’t peek in my bedroom closet.     When we visited other people’s houses, I   did   peek sometimes, in closets and cupboards, wondering if they had done the same thing we did before guests arrived, or if the