The Banquet

Golden goblets grace the board, brimming bowls delight,
silver shimmers, rubies gleam, in glorious streaming light.
As many as the universe’s countless twinkling stars,
the multitudes are gathered now from myriad bazaars.

From every nation they have come, from every race and line,
to take their honored banquet seats, and here together dine.
Their heads are crowned with beauty, their garments made for praise,
the righteous in the kingdom of the everlasting days.

They’re waiting for the Worthy One, the one that they adore.
A reverent hush descends on them, a peace of grace and awe.
The people rise, all heads are turned, the King is coming in.
A Hallelujah Chorus sounds from all salvation’s kin.

“Worthy, worthy is the Lamb.” They bow to honour him.
“You will reign forever more.” The banquet can begin.
The finest meats are carried in on jewelled platters fine,
the goblets filled right to the brim with richest, long-aged wine.

The place resounds with laughter, as feasters young and old,
partake of every delicacy, of morsels hot and cold.
Such flavours indescribable, cuisine beyond compare,
rich and savoury tastes divine, for it is royal fare.

Upon the mountain of the King disgrace has fled away,
tears are wiped from faces on this long-awaited day.
The billions at his table are feasting on his grace,
Omega time has come to pass, they’re gazing at his face.

© Ellen Carr 2012

“On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine – the best of meats and the finest of wines.” (Isaiah 25:6, NIV)
“…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” (Isaiah 61: 3, NIV)

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