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Devotional for 1th of Kislev, 5778

As a bridegroom rejoices over the bride, your God will rejoice over you (Isaiah 62:5).

Jewish Calendar Date

KISLEV
1

When I perform a wedding, I speak of the bride "in all her beauty." But what if she is not so beautiful? She is beautiful because she is the bride. To the groom, the bride is always beautiful. In Hebrew, the word for "bride" is calah, which is derived from the word meaning "perfect." Literally, it means "the perfect one."

In the Scriptures, believers are called God's calah, his perfect ones. Does this make sense? Not really. But just as it is right for me to describe, "the bride in all her beauty," even if she is covered with blemishes, so it is right for God to call us his calah, his perfect one. Why? For two reasons. First of all, we are the bride of the Perfect One. Second, we are perfect in the eyes of the Bridegroom, the one who loves us with a perfect love. Even with all of our blemishes and imperfections, to God in his grace, we are his perfect ones.

Learn to see all things through his eyes, with his perfect love, and it will become so. We are his calah, his perfect ones.


...receive the love of the Bridegroom into my heart. He sees me as his beautiful one.

JC

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