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Saturday, March 17, 2007

An Invitation

I have to admit, I do not like clothes shopping. Don’t get me wrong, I like to wear stylish clothing, but I also like to be comfortable in them. We have a clothing policy in the office: “Business Casual”. Which is great, IF the stores would carry “Business Casual” clothing…My husband keeps telling me that I am just too picky. Well, maybe I am.

Last week I tried again to find a comfortable skirt with a matching t-shirt. The skirt was not the problem, but the t-shirt. The t-shirt looked really nice, with a little sequence; the perfect color to match the skirt. Off to the dressing room I went. I tried on the t-shirt first, since I knew that the skirt would fit and had the right length for the office.

Let me tell you. The t-shirt was off in seconds. There was too much revealed for my taste. I could almost see my belly-button when bending over…Yeah – way too much revealed--definitely not appropriate for the office. Come to think off it, I would have a problem wearing it even on my days off…

As I was leaving the store without a new spring-outfit, the following Scripture passage came to mind:
‘Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.’
~ Matthew 22:4-10 (ESV)

At one point in my life I took off the beautiful wedding garments God gave me to wear. I thought that they were not ‘stylish’ enough, nor comfortable. He reminded me that without them I was not welcomed. I am glad that He offered them to me again. The best part—they fit perfectly and are the most comfortable cloths I will ever find…

How about you? Did you take off the beautiful garments He has offered you? Do you think they no longer fit you? Let me assure you. They will always fit and it is never too late to put them back on…

Oh, you have never tried them on? If you are ready today, please click on the Ready button in the sidebar. I pray you do.

Lord of heaven and earth. Thank You for offering the beautiful wedding feast garments. They are always a perfect fit. I am thankful that You freely offer them to all who are willing to receive them. I pray that some will try them on for the first time today. I pray in the precious name of Jesus ~ Amen

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Blogger Jennifer said...

What a great analogy Iris! I'm sure I'll be thinking about this passage more throughout the day as I am headed off shopping for some spring clothes as well.


March 17, 2007 at 6:49 AM  
Anonymous Barbara H. said...

Thanks for this, Iris! God's garments fit just right and cover us with His righteousness -- beautiful!

March 17, 2007 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Very beautiful, and well said. Thank you Iris, blessings to you.

March 17, 2007 at 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautifully stated Iris! The garments of God are always perfectly tailored to just what we for the t-shirts of today, I have a new love for layering...get a cami for under the revealing ones, or another thin t-shirt with a different neckline!

March 17, 2007 at 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Lynn Donovan said...


Lovely... Oh I can't wait to meet all of his brides at the feast. Have a blessed weekend. :)

March 17, 2007 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Darlene said...

One of the most, important details of a wedding is the dress--the "what will the bride be wearing?" question that we all ask. Praise God that He gives us a spotless gown--the robe of righteousness that we can be confident will not have a spot or wrinkle on it. Thanks for this reminder. I'm ready!

This ceremony might be the first time we ever meet IRL. Can't wait.

March 17, 2007 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger TNChick said...

You have such a way with words - I guess that's why you're good for this. I just wanted to come over here today to read what you've written. I love how to analyze things and put it into place by comparing it to daily life.

March 17, 2007 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Faerylandmom said...

Without my wedding clothes, I would literally have nothing left to wear...stylish or not. :) Thanks for the word picture.

March 17, 2007 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Elise said...

Thank you for these words, Iris. Too often I am feeling unfit for His clothes. I, too, am so glad He offered them to me again!

March 18, 2007 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

A wonderful analogy Iris. I think because I accepted the invitation to the wedding at such a young age, I didn't value those garments as I should have. What everyone else was wearing looked so much more attractive. When I realized I couldn't live that way I think I just put on the proper garments but neglected to do an overhaul on the inside. I was just walking the walk.
This is a wonderful reminder and an awesome invitation. Those wedding garments are priceless.

March 18, 2007 at 7:06 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

This is an absolutely beautiful post Iris!
Blessings to you..


March 19, 2007 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

This is wonderful imagery Iris...

March 21, 2007 at 11:58 AM  

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