The Blushing Bride

8/20/14, by Clement Pulaski

For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
-2 Corinthians 11:2

Agreat king took a lowly woman as a bride. This woman was base born, the child of iniquitous parents. But do not think that she was like Cinderella, the lone virtuous member of a wicked family. The woman chosen as a bride was herself deeply wicked. All her life she imitated her parents, fearlessly telling lies, ridiculing others, committing theft and murder. She was ugly and cruel, foul-mouthed and of low intelligence. One could not find in her even the beginning or potential of something good.

She also did not shy away from defiling herself with fornication. The king caught her in the very act, and it was at this meeting that he proposed marriage to her. As she lay on the bed of her crime, still covered with sweat and filth, the king approached. Although he was clothed with pure white and was adorned with perfect chastity, he was not ashamed to draw near. He looked on her with love, with the love that would be merited to a virgin rich in virtue. The woman was struck by this look of love, and she wept, because she knew that she did not deserve his favor. She took his hand, and as they rode away from her former life, he told her of the pain and torture he endured during his journey to find her. Guilt at her own unworthiness was mingled with her gratitude.

The king was not ashamed to take this former whore to the glorious halls of his castle. He proudly presented her as his bride to his knights and lords, men who since their birth had never been stained with any pollution. All of the king's lords knew of her former life, and yet out of love for their king, they did not view her with contempt. They presented her with precious gifts, but she had nothing to give in return. There was nothing that belonged to her that could even begin to repay what she had been given. Her moral poverty was so great, that anything she could have given would have marred the beauty of the palace.

Then, in the presence of all his knights and lords, the king knelt down and washed his bride's feet. In the great hall there stood a throne, made through and through of precious stones and metals. But rather than sit upon the throne, the king chose to kneel and serve. The bride blushed at his gesture.

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