My Earthly Father’s House
As I continued forward, I saw many whom I knew within the crowd. Some were relatives who had died in years past. My earthly father was among them. But my eyes and attention were upon Him to whom I was going. I thought of Psalm 45:10—11: “Forget your people and your father’s house; then the King will desire your beauty.” I did feel that I was being transferred from my earthly father’s house to the abode of my Husband.
Also among those gathered were the angels assigned to me. Some I knew. Some I did not know. But I could tell that these were angels assigned to help me because they were smiling broadly.
My Father’s House
As I neared the little house of light created by my Father’s hands, I wanted to share my consent. I wanted to say, “Yes, yes, I agree,” to all three members of the Trinity. I felt as light as a wisp of air. I was a cornucopia of joy.
Jesus smiled at me as I passed one of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit stationed around the perimeter of my Father’s canopy.
As I stepped beneath the canopy, I could contain my joy no longer. I began to walk through an acceptance. The movements were like a stately dance.
I circled Jesus three times, one encircling for each member of the Trinity. As I weaved gently between the mighty torches of the Holy Spirit, I overflowed with love for all Three.
Like Rebekah, I wanted to say, “I will go with this Man.” I began to sing a new song.
Song of the Bride
Hear, Thou great Redeemer blessed,
Deep within my heart find rest;
You who birthed me from Your side,
Then called me forth to be Your bride.
I exult in You alone,
And take Your heart to be my home.
Lover, Friend, Redeemer, Son,
Eternal Husband, make us one.
A Private Moment
When the third circuit had been completed, I took my place at the right of Jesus. I had publicly given my consent before a multitude of witnesses.
He looked deeply into my eyes and spoke privately to me:
Set Me as a seal upon your heart,
As a signet ring upon your finger.
Under His Covering
Gently a tallith settled over our heads. Jesus spoke again, this time in a manner that would bear public witness to all:
I betroth you to Me forever.
I betroth you to Me in righteousness and in Justice,
In loving-kindness and in compassion,
I betroth you to Me in faithfulness—and you will know God.
A Ring More Precious Than Gold
Then lifting my veil slightly, He took my right hand into both of His. He held my right index finger encased within His right hand as He spoke:
Behold, you are consecrated to Me.
A golden light encompassed my right index finger. From my finger the light spread over my whole being.
My Father’s hands of light became a brilliant cocoon. Besides Jesus, the only other one I could see was the Holy Spirit manifested in flaming towers. The light became more and more intense. I saw two white eagles cart wheeling.
Then slowly, as in a ritual dance of birds, I felt suspended within the dazzling light and fire. It was as though Jesus and I began a stylized, courtship dance. I felt that I was vapor that could be inhaled, vapor that could be carried into fire and light.
This was light that could be breathed. It was light that was alive. It went through me as if I was not there at all. I became one with the light—in a dance with it. It was as though within the light and fire, I too became light and fire.
We were vaporous—blending, circling, homogenized yet distinct, fused but separate. The two became entirely one, then separate again.
Although this dance began slowly, it accelerated to a lightning speed. The dance was lightning—lightning, fire, and light, glorious in the extreme.
Lullaby to Creation
Then, as if in some suspended silence, I began to hear my Father sing. It was creative sound, a lullaby from the heart of Him who sings to His creation, from Him who holds all things together by the word of His power.
He had given the universe its sounds so that all might sing back to Him. In this rare, suspended silence, I could hear that singular sound released from all creation. From deep within Himself, our God, like a father rocking his child, sang lovingly to His universe.
I sensed the perfect unity within the Godhead, their harmony. By being brought into the Godhead, I began to experience their unity. I shared in their oneness. Jesus was giving me the desires of my heart. As He had sworn, in greater measure I began to “know God.”
Return to the Ceremony
From this suspended place, I became conscious again of the ceremony. My Father’s canopied hands, the seven torches of fire, Jesus, the attendants, the angels, and the redeemed all came back into focus. I was once again under the canopy with Jesus.
A jubilant shout came from those assembled. Together they proclaimed:
The throne room erupted into celebration. Dancers began careening past us, reaching out to wish us well. Jesus touched hand after hand. I was smiling but somewhat dazed.
Jesus looked over at me.
Then speaking with affection to those who were reaching toward us, He said, “Please excuse us.”
Smiling, He took my hand and said, “Come.”
Anna Rountree, The Priestly Bride 7 Comments
[7/28/2017 9:39:48 AM]
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