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Written by Miss Doreen Roth
In a far-away country, in the capital city, stands a palace. Surrounded by high walls and heavy gates, the palace is safe from all enemies. Gardens and orchards can be seen surrounding the palace, and the gates leading to the palace doors stand wide open. Come, let us enter this gate. One of the kingÕs messengers stands before us, and following him up a wide walkway to the palace steps; we enter through the massive palace doors. There we find ourselves in a great hall. The hall is large and beautiful, with marble pillars and tiled floors. Richly embroidered tapestries hang on the walls between tall narrow windows. At the far end of the hall, wide steps lead up to a throne, and there a king sits on his royal throne, a golden sceptre in his hand.

We watch as messengers hurry to and from the king, bowing deeply before him. Bringing the king news and taking his orders, the messengers hurry to carry out his commands. We listen as royal decrees are proclaimed, soldiers are sent to battle, the guilty are judged, and the innocent are set free. On the right hand of the king we can see another throne, and on it sits the crown prince. We watch again as a messenger comes before the king. The crown prince listens to his request also, and then leans towards the king to speak with him. The king grants the messenger his request, and he hurries away to obey the kingÕs orders. And so it goes as a steady stream of people enter and leave the royal palace.

Following our guide, we leave the palace and go back outside into the bright sunshine. We walk to the open gates, and there our guide stops to speak to a small boy. This boy is standing outside the gate, looking up at the great white palace. His hands and face are dirty, his feet are bare, and his clothes are ragged, but on his face is a look of hope. Our guide bends to ask the boy what he is doing here, but at first the young boy is too frightened to speak.

ÒSpeak up, child,Ó the messenger says kindly. ÒWhy have you come, and to whom do you wish to speak?Ó

The boy stares at the ground for a moment, and then finally answers. ÒI need to speak to the king,Ó he says hesitantly.

ÒTruly?Ó the messenger asks. ÒWho sent you?Ó

ÒI am in great trouble,Ó the boy replies. ÒI have no father and mother, and no friends to care for me. There is no one to help me in my trouble, and so I need to speak to the king.Ó

ÒThen how did you come to be here?Ó the messenger asks the small boy.

ÒThere was a man who knew of my troubles,Ó the boy tells him, Òand although he could not help me, he said there was someone who could. He told me to follow the road leaving my village and that when I reached its end, I would find a great and kind king, and he would help me. And so I have walked a long way, and I am so very tired.Ó The boy looks up at the messenger, and his hopeful expression becomes worried. May he not speak to the king after all? Perhaps he is too small, or unimportant? Too ragged, and too dirty? ÒI need to speak to the king,Ó the boy repeats urgently.

ÒThen, come in,Ó the messenger kindly invites him, and a smile lights up the boyÕs face. ÒFor all are welcome here. The king turns no one away, and the prince will hear every request.Ó

We turn and watch as the little ragged boy goes hand in hand up the walkway with our guide. Entering the palace hall, he comes before the king to tell him of his troubles.

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Do you have any troubles? Are there things that make you worried? Do you want to obey the LordÕs commands, but find out that you canÕt? You want to love everyone around you, but you find yourself getting angry with your sister or impatient with your brother, disobedient to your parents and selfish with your friends? You feel sorry for these sins, and you try harder the next day. ÒI will be good,Ó you promise yourself. But again, you act sinfully and not with kindness to those around you. And then you become discouraged. ÒIt is no use,Ó you think. ÒI want to serve the Lord, but every day I sin, again and again. And no one can help me change my ways.Ó

But have you not heard about the King? The King who reigns over heaven and earth? He is the King of all kings, and the Lord over all lords. He can wash away your sins and give you a new heart that loves Him, for His Son the Lord Jesus has paid the price for sin.

ÒHow can I go to this King?Ó you might wonder. ÒHow can I speak to Him?Ó

You have only to bow your head in prayer. Pray to Him. Tell Him your troubles, confess your sins, and ask Him for help.

ÒBut I am so bad!Ó you may think. ÒHe is a good King and will not want to hear me.Ó

That is true. Your sinful heart is very bad, but the Lord Jesus said, ÒThey that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sickÓ Matthew 9:12. That means that just like a doctor does not give medicine to healthy people, but heals sick people who need his help, the Lord Jesus has come to save people who are sinful, people who need Him.

Are you in trouble? Are you tangled in your sins and cannot escape? Then flee to this King. Bow your knees before the Lord in prayer and ask Jesus to help you. For we can read His Word in Ezekiel 36:26,27: ÒA new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.Ó

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