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Wednesday, July 11, 2012


When I sat down to write an article on this month's Christian Writer's theme "celebrate," procrastination took over. So I did some laundry, had lunch and flipped through the latest catalogue from Oriental Trading Company. There you can find everything you ever need (and more) to make your party the perfect celebration.

I mean, really, what's not to love about plastic coconut bras to wear at your luau and a blow-up giraffe print cooler for your safari sodas?

I'm serious. What's not to love?

If I'm having a party, I need a theme; a focus; something to hang my menu and decorations on. As my book club ladies know, that's the first thing we settle on after we select a book. What sort of foods and decorations go with the book selection?

'cuz it's just more fun that way.

When it comes to eternal festivities, God is the super party planner. His theme in a word? Opulence. Look how He handled the heavenly décor—golden streets, pearl gates, white robes all around. Man, that'll be something to behold!

And that’s just the decorations. There’ll be piles of food—fruit from the tree of life, unlimited bread and fish and of course, barrels of water-turned-to wine. Or maybe—since it’s heaven—it’ll be champagne.

There’ll be live music (castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals), dancing (David will lead) and golden bowls filled with incense.

Just about everyone will be there. Will you?

RSVP as early as possible.

R repent
be saved
voice your praise

Then…party on!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you that we have so much reason to celebrate. Thank you for the true reason to celebrate—your gift of grace and mercy through Jesus. Thank you for the invitation to the greatest celebration in eternal history. We send our RSVP “yes!” today. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? How do you plan your earthly celebrations?

Please click on the links in the right hand column to see what my friends have to say about our theme, “celebrate.”


chris said...

lol... oh my goodness, I want to attend one of your parties Carol !!

This one in heaven sounds pretty exciting too... filled with opulence... and King David dancing? I am eager to check this out :-)

From Carols Quill said...

@ Chris - it will be an eternal celebration. And there's nothing wrong with celebrating now that we get to be part of the celebration later!

Tracy Krauss said...

I used to love putting on elaborate theme parties for my kids when they were young. somehow I've lost the zest for all the planning ... I really like your acrostic, though. good one!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Tracy - well, it's time for you to throw a theme party then. I know where you can get a fabulous blow-up giraffe cooler...thank you for stopping by, Tracy.

lynnmosher said...

Won't it be awesome to see that humongous party? Woo-hoo! Celebrating now! Loved this, Carol! :D

E. G. Lewis said...

Sounds like you know how to party hearty! ;o) As someone said, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him."
Peace and Blessings

Bill Jones said...

Fun post Carol- what a celebration it will be!

Pam B. said...

In response to the RSVP, count me in. I'm planning to be there. (Book Club and heaven!)

From Carols Quill said...

@ Lynn and Bill - yess it will be a mighty fine celebration!

@ E.G. love that scripture! Indeed, we can't truly imagine, can we?

@ Pam - Some days I think our book club IS a slice of heaven!

Cindee Snider Re said...

Carol, oh my! What a party to anticipate! But first i'm coming to one of your book clubs. :)

As for me, I'm not much of a "big doings" celebrator. I'm pretty low-key -- lots of food and plenty of welcome, but definitely not a decorator, which my kids think is the ultimate tragedy. But now I can simply say, "Oh, this little shindig, it's just the appetizer for the OPULENT PARTY yet to come!"

Love your celebration post!

Michael Johnson said...

Carol... Sweet post on The Party to come. I can't fathom it, but it is going to be beyond awesome.

From Carols Quill said...

@ Cindee and Michael - thanks so much. Heaven will definitely be beyond awesome!

SandiGrace said...

"God is the super party planner. His theme in a word? Opulence. Look how He handled the heavenly décor—golden streets, pearl gates, white robes all around."

I luuuvv this post Carol! You're absolutely right! WOW! And just think, the pearls are HUGE, and the gold is transparent! The white robes are made of ... righteousness? That's gotta be something to behold! And to wear!

From Carols Quill said...

@ SandiGrace - yep. The robes will all be the perfect fit and...slenderizing!

TraciB said...

Fantastic post, Carol! Glad I RSVP'd to that heavenly party a while back - can't wait to put on my robe and dancin' shoes! Might even borrow a halo to hoop with... ;)

From Carols Quill said...

@ Traci - LOL! I love the idea of you hooping with a giant halo! I'll be in the front row cheering you on!

Deborah K. Anderson said...

I'm planning on being at that party with you, girl, in Jesus' name. Love the angle you took on this. And forgive me for not getting here sooner.

From Carols Quill said...

@ Deborah - glad you enjoyed the post - I'll look for you at the party!