Friday, December 15, 2006

Hadassah - One Night with the King

I just finished the book Haddassah - One Night with the King by Tommy Tenney (We still haven't seen the movie! Sorry Kim!)

The book is wonderful! It is great to read the story "fleshed out" from the bible, it is a great analogy of our relationship with Christ and it is a great book to remember how we should treat our husbands. The book reached me on so many levels and really resonated in my soul. I have a few quotes from the book that I especially liked and I thought I'd share one with you!

Haddassah (better known as Esther) was raised by her cousin Mordecai. They entertained many Jewish travelers in their house throughout her growing up. One of them was a priest named Jacob. Mordecai asked, "What was it really like to enter the Holy Place, the dwelling of the Almighty?"

and this was Jacob's answer:
"God really does have a presence, do you know? My whole being would throb with this awareness of His person. I thought I could feel His heart. And at such times I was glad everyone else kept their distance, because often I would dance and laugh and weep and shout all at the same time because my chest felt like it would truly, truly burst if I did not. I felt - I felt...well, have you ever seen a young child greet a beloved father after a long absence? The little arms pumping, the little legs churning, the leap into his arms, the tears in his father's eyes? I felt like that. A child so overcome with joy at His return that all I wanted to do in this world was to leap as high into His bosom as I could. And I could feel His tears, too. That 's the wonder of it, don't you see? I could feel His Spirit being fed, His heard gladdened, ..."

I love that quote because I have felt that...have you?

Thank you, Father, for being approachable and for giving us the Most Holy of Holies inside of us, to be with you ALL the time now, not just at a temple built by human hands. Thank you that we can feel this way whenever we take the time to get up close to you.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a great book and I loved the quote! I haven't seen the movie either though. ;-)