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Saturday, September 14, 2013

There was a time when one of my lovely daughters when she was little said,
"I don't want to go to heaven."
Gasp!
It turns out, she imagined it being like going back to the Garden of Eden where we would all be naked.  Perish the thought!  I assured her there would be white terry cloth robes like at a spa, not really, but explained that the Bible talks about being dressed in white garments.


Oo LaLa!  Guess who I found in the family tree?  Lady Godiva.  Blush, blush.  Think chocolate, okay.  Actually she was a very pious woman who begged her husband to be more lenient on his people who were under a heavy burden of taxation.  He finally relented saying if she would ride through the town of Coventry au natural, he would do as she asked.   Lady Godiva sent word to the good townsfolk to stay inside and shut their shutters.  Whether she truly rode "bareback" covered only by her long tresses or clad in a slip as penitents sometimes wore, the lady accepted her husband's challenge to save her people.  A tailor named Tom, whether feeling the need to check and see a lady's measurements who was in need of clothing, is said to have bored a peep hole, the only one to have viewed the lady on her mission.  Because of that, the term "Peeping Tom" came into being, and the man was blinded for his act of disobedience.  Her husband kept his part of the bargain and reduced the heavy burden of taxation for the people.  Lady Godiva became legend. 


 
"And he said, 'This will be the procedure of the king who will reign over you...he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen...he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fifties, and some to do his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.  He will also take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers.  And he will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olive groves, and give them to his servants.  And he will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards, and give to his officers and to his servants and your female servants and our best young men and your donkeys, and use them for his work.  He will take tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants.  Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day."
I Samuel 8:11ff
 
God wanted to be our only ruler, but we would not.
And we even refuse Him the tenth He asks.
Bare your soul to Him with whom we have to do.
 
 

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