Reaching into the Tub o’ Purgeables (tm) The Purging Lutheran expected to find a My Marta toss-a-way. Instead out came a candelabrum. I can only think that it was so desperate to get out of the basement that it risked being sent to Goodwill. It’s not going to be thrown away. Do you want it? What does ‘candelabrum’ even mean? It is the Latin word meaning candleholder. Let that sink in.
I really feel sad for any candles used on this. If you know what I mean.
The Story of the Virgins
“God’s kingdom is like ten young virgins who took oil lamps and went out to greet the bridegroom. Five were silly and five were smart. The silly virgins took lamps, but no extra oil. The smart virgins took jars of oil to feed their lamps. The bridegroom didn’t show up when they expected him, and they all fell asleep.
“In the middle of the night someone yelled out, ‘He’s here! The bride-groom’s here! Go out and greet him!’
“The ten virgins got up and got their lamps ready. The silly virgins said to the smart ones, ‘Our lamps are going out; lend us some of your oil.’
“They answered, ‘There might not be enough to go around; go buy your own.’
“They did, but while they were out buying oil, the bridegroom arrived. When everyone who was there to greet him had gone into the wedding feast, the door was locked.
“Much later, the other virgins, the silly ones, showed up and knocked on the door, saying, ‘Master, we’re here. Let us in.’
“He answered, ‘Do I know you? I don’t think I know you.’
“So stay alert. You have no idea when he might arrive.