THE KING AND HIS FOUR WIVES
Once upon a time there was a rich King who had four wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to the finest delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best. He also loved
the 3rd wife very much and was always showing her off to the neighboring kingdoms. However, he heard that one day she would leave him for another. He also loved his 2nd wife. She was his confidant and
was always kind, considerate, and patient with him. Whenever the King faced a problem, he could confide in her, and she would help him get through the difficult times. The King’s 1st wife was a very loyal
partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and kingdom. However, he did not love the first wife. Although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her.
One day, the King fell ill and he knew his time was short. He thought of his luxurious life and wondered, ‘I now have four wives with me, but when I die, I’ll be all alone’. Thus, he asked the 4th wife, “I have
loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I am dying will you follow me and keep me company?” “No way!”, replied the wife and walked away without another word. Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart.
The sad King then asked the 3rd wife, “I have loved you all my life. Now that I am dying, will you follow me and keep me company?”
“No!”, replied the 3rd wife. “Life is too good! When you die, I am going to remarry!” His heart sank and turned cold.
He then asked the 2nd wife, “I have always turned to you for help and you have always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?”
“I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time!”, replied the 2nd wife. “At the most, I can only send you to your grave.” Her answer came like a bolt of lightning, and the King was devastated. Then a voice called
out: “I’ll leave with you and follow you no matter where you go.” The King looked up, and there was his first wife. She was so skinny, as she suffered from malnutrition and neglect.
Greatly grieved, the King said, “I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!”
In truth, we all have 4 wives in our lives: Our 4th wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it will leave us when we die.
Our 3rd wife is our possessions, status, and wealth. When we die, it will all go to others.
Our 2nd wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave.
Our first wife is our Soul, often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power, pleasures of the world. However, our Soul is the only thing that will follow us wherever we go. So cultivate, strengthen and cherish it
now, for it is the only part of us who will follow us to the throne of God and continue with us throughout eternity. Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees – You are in the perfect position to pray.
Let’s pray for each other.
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