oringinally posted Saturday 6 April 2013; re-posted Monday 15 April 2013
Recounted at Gatekeepers prayer meeting held in the Grays Community Prayer House (aka The Old Tennis Court) on the evening of 20.1.2008, and written up during a 24-7 prayer week at the same venue, at 5.15am, 21.1.2008.
I found myself with a woman, dark-haired, beautiful, girlish. She was inviting me to have sex with her. I felt sorry for her – she was a poor prostitute, but was offering something which (in the dream) I obviously felt I lacked.
She led me into a room which was a bit dim, with a sofa in; a door to the right was ajar and two (people) were in the act.
“Don’t mind them,” the woman said, “take off your stuff and leave it here.” I removed my outer clothing, including my Order of the Mustard Seed ring and my wedding ring.
No sooner had a I done this and turned round than the woman grabbed some of my stuff, as did the man and another woman; the first woman also took my wedding ring and waved it in front of me, mocking and taunting me.
I said, “You can’t have that, that’s my wedding ring.” I immediately felt panic, grief, regret, shame. “I’m married you know…”
In the dream, it’s like I was ‘waking up’ to the position I was in.
During Gatekeepers, I was thinking about this having earlier prayed for an interpretation. I wrote down these words…
Oh my church, my people, you have visited the house of the prostitute – you have been charmed by her apparent poverty, lowliness, deceptive beauty, full of the joy of this world’s life. You have allowed yourself to strip naked, even removing your wedding ring, that symbol of belonging to me.
And while you prepared to fornicate with her, she took your belongings and she took hold of your wedding ring, the very sign of your marriage to me, your husband, the Lord.
But now is the time to cry out for its return – the return of the wedding ring, for without it you feel naked, unattached, abandoned, but most of all, you feel regretful – so repent, turn around.
I will demand of the prostitute your ring and return it to you, and no more will you feel alone and husbandless. Come back oh church, come back to me, because I already love and cherish you – I never stopped loving and cherishing you, but you were determined to go your own way.
Wake up and return to your senses. Call, call, call upon me and I will hear you. I have already prepared* the damage, I have already made my Bride pure, because I love he so much, I love her without end, I love her forever.
* I think this is meant to read repaired
Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
“Some people say ‘you must be in it to win it’. But I say, ‘you must be out of it to see it.'” Denise Frizzell, 14.4.2013