THOUGHTS FROM JACKIE: “Practicing for the Supper”

THOUGHTS FROM JACKIE: “Practicing for the Supper”

A few weeks ago I had one of the most heavenly experiences of my life. I had dinner at the Lieuwen’s home. The meal was was the absolute best. Fresh everything from their farm was on the menu. I had the best corn I’ve ever tasted in my 50 plus years. Everything was so wonderful and couldn’t be better I thought until we bowed for prayer and I noticed something heavenly. Seated at the table was a bishop from the Congo (male), a Korean doctor (female), an African American pastor (me), and an African American PhD student (women) who had been adopted by white parents as an adult (Lieuwen’s), and two White adults (Lieuwen’s). We were a beautiful mini version of “The Marriage Supper of the Lamb.” I only knew my sis Dynitta Lieuwen, well so I couldn’t do on the outside what I was feeling on the inside. There was so much genuine love at the table it was overwhelmingly powerful. After dinner it is a family tradition to read from the scriptures before leaving the table. I’ve done this before, but in this setting it took me to a new place of worship and understanding. In the moment I must be honest I did not have some deep spiritual Epiphany. I said to myself I have got to get invited back over. Even if Dynitta is in Chicago with her studies. I’ve got to come experience God’s presence with these wonderful people. I know what we will experience in Heaven will be even more terrific than the taste I got at the Lieuwen’s, but Jesus let me taste a taste.

Revelation 19:9 Then he *said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he *said to me, “These are true words of God.”

Revelation 7:9-17 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying,“Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying,“Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?” I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

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2 Comments for "THOUGHTS FROM JACKIE: “Practicing for the Supper”"

  1. francis Lieuwen

    August 15th, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Dear Jackie, thank you for your note about supper at the Lieuwen residence. It was indeed a pleasure to have you along with the others at our table. We always feel so blessed when we have people from various backgrounds honor our table with their presence. And I am glad that you enjoyed the food that my wife fixed. You are most welcome to visit and have lunch or supper with us any time. Just call us at 513-385-9508 and let us know. Only one problem, the sweetcorn in the field is done, so we would have to serve you frozen corn. In Christian love, Francis

  2. September 9th, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Francis, thank you so much for this note. Everything about our night together was special. I keep sharing the beauty of what the Lord put together. I just might come over for a meal and to hear or read a verse or two of scripture. Much Luv! Jackie

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