OUTTAKE: Gold and Pearls

Prissie & Koji

Gold and Pearls

The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace;
Her clothing is woven with gold. She shall be
brought to the King in robes of many colors.
PSALM 45:13–14

From within the old trunk, Prissie lifted a smaller box. “I used to play up here a lot when I was younger. Only in winter, though. It’s too hot in summer.”

Koji rested his hand on the roof of a handmade dollhouse as he peered around the attic. “Beau showed me this space when we were sent for the Christmas adornments.”

“Ornaments. But this is definitely counts as an adornment.” She brought out the small box’s hidden treasure, a tiara of gold and pearls. “Momma wore this on her wedding day.”

“Of which this is the anniversary.”

“The way Momma tells it, Daddy fell in love so hard, she had to pick him up off the floor. And Daddy says he botched so many things, it’s a miracle Momma took him seriously.” Prissie giggled. “Only Uncle Abel knows what really happened, but he’s too good at keeping secrets.”

Koji knelt down in front of Prissie. “I would like to hear their story.”

“Maybe you can find out more at dinner tonight. Observers know how to ask the right questions.” She explained, “Daddy will make something special for dessert, and we always bring out the wedding albums.”

“And this?” Koji asked, indicating the tiara.

“I thought Momma might like to see it again.” Prissie laughed in embarrassment. “I loved trying it on. Having a crown made it easier to pretend I was a princess. Even if the attic isn’t much of a kingdom, I felt beautiful.”

Koji took the small crown and carefully placed it on Prissie’s head. “Behold,” he whispered. “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband (Rev. 21:2).”

Prissie blinked and blushed. “I suppose being a bride is next best to being a princess.”

With a small smile, her friend quoted, “All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold.”

“Is that in the Bible?”

“The forty-fifth psalm is a wedding song.”

“Gold and pearls. Princesses and brides. It sounds a little like a fairy tale.” She touched her mother’s tiara and quietly asked, “Is it all true?”

“Every part. Even the pearls and gold.” Koji’s eyes took on a faraway look, as if he was seeing past the dusty attic into heaven’s glories. “The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass (Rev. 21:21).”

“I want to see that for myself.”

“You will.”

“And you’ll be there, too?” she shyly asked.

“When your Bridegroom comes to claim His bride, he will be attended by His angels.”

“So I guess that means you’ll be at my wedding?”

Koji’s eyebrows rose slightly, and he answered, “Indeed.”

 ♦ ♦ ♦


6 thoughts on “OUTTAKE: Gold and Pearls

  1. Soleil says:

    Man, God is defintely trying to point out a couple of things to me this week. The other day it was the story of the Prodigal Son, and today, it was the same Psalm I read this morning! :D


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