The Story of Doris’ Bridal Gown and Her Bridegroom
Revelation 19:6-8 Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Doris A. Rulton departed planet earth with her bridal gown on!
Some might query why and some may know full well of her intention. As her faithful friend and a “secret” admirer, I thought I should give an account of her amiable story.
Everyone knows that her belovd husband is named Eric and their marriage has last sixty some long years until she left him to glory a few months ago. As her body is laying there in a cemetery in Gold Coast, why then I said that she has already departed this planet?!
Dear Reader, you may not see through her as I did in my “secret” eye. When the doctor announced her death in the hospital that is at the moment when her heart stopped and her breathing ceased. That is also at the same time when her soul and her spirit left her body and made a departure. Departing where? Only her inner circle of friends knows.
We believe that she has gone to her Bridegroom! That is the reason why she had to wear her bridal gown. She is going to become a bride again in the heavenly wedding where she will join together with all believers. However, that won’t happen until a while longer. The amazing secret is that even her most beloved husband will be there together with her, joining parts to become the Bride of the long desired Bridegroom. And the Bridegroom is none other but Lord Jesus Christ!
This takes some courage and confidence to believe. And Jesus said in John 20:29: “Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Doris had truly believed God’s word and therefore taken confidence to act out her belief; so she is blessed.
Her life has been truly blessed by God. Not only that she had experienced miracle in her child-bearing when the doctor had pronounced her infertility, yet she gave birth to three healthy children. Subsequently she was blessed with twelve grand-children and twenty-two great grand-children. She had enjoyed a loving and satisfied life even in the midst of wars and tribulation. God has given her patience to endure pain at the final stage of her life when she faced cancer. Even in the trials of suffering surgeries and in and out of hospitals, she still stood firm in her faith and fought that good fight of bearing witness for Jesus and making ceaseless prayers. Her ten fingers and ten toes might well be fully occupied to help her remember all those who’s and what’s of prayers, not just for her own sake but also for the good of others.
I said she had received double blessings, not only because of God’s blessing of her physical comfort as a home-maker on earth but also that of her spiritual gifts and talents. For over twenty years she had opened home for bible study for women. Every Friday morning Eric would go for a walk and come home to be on time to join the ladies for tea and cake which Doris diligently laboured in front of the oven to bake afresh each Thursday. Therefore she accumulated a treasure of bible gleanings for inspiration of her hundred poems which she could, not only share with fellow believers as they were published on Christian magazines, also read to the elderly folks in the varies nursing homes where she visited with church friends twice a month for many years.
The memories of her beautiful singing voice together with her brilliant gospel poems stay with me, even I only get the glimpse of her final six years of life on earth. Just think of her previous many six years, what friends she had influenced, what joy she had conversed when she was able to conform to and live out the image of Christ in numerous situations.
Double blessings received indeed, not only for herself but through the testimony of her life for others.
Therefore, Reader, it is worthwhile for you to consider getting the “bridal gown”. In the Christian sense, it is God’s gift of righteousness. And it would even be more worthy to consider about our “Bridegroom”, especially within the time frame of our life. Because when it is time to be called “home”, it might sadly be too late for any more seeking. And no one would know when your time is up.
Will you think like Doris? Be prepared for the “marriage” in Heaven?
We can’t make this specific “bridal gown” through our own effort. Only God will give to us when we really want it and ask for it. And there is only one WAY to receive it:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
If we receive God’s love through the work of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, we will at the same time receive the “bridal gown” — God’s righteousness. We can’t become the “Bride” through our own effort, either. God only will, He is the one to choose when and how to let us become His Bride. When we truly want to love Him, when we want to seek His free gift of Life, then it will be the time when our wish would be granted. And there is only one WAY to become Jesus’ Bride also:
John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Do you want to be born again and put aside all your wrong deeds; and become pure and fresh again; good enough to be the King’s Bride?
Will you think like Doris? Be prepared now and get ready for any time when you are due to depart earth so that you may enter Heaven.