“Father, I will go to the northern plains and set your people free,” the prince repeated day after day. The plan set, months passed as Prince Reynaldo waited for his father’s command that the time had been fulfilled. As he waited, he dreamed of the people deceived and trapped by Pecado, and each day his love for the maiden grew. His love grew so great that he knew his heart would soon break for her. He would give up all to have her at his side.
The day of departure arrived, met with both cheers and tears. Reynaldo set aside his robes and crown, his glory and majesty, and donned the simple clothes of a peasant farmer. He kissed his father’s cheek and both men cried. Every servant in the palace bowed in silent honor of their goodly prince. He left the bright lights of his father’s city for the darkness of the outer realm of the northern plains.
Reynaldo returned to the small Gathering Place he’d visited months before. This time, however, he was welcomed joyfully and with fanfare in their midst. When the meeting started, the young woman Prince Reynaldo had fallen in love with stood and began singing. Ekklesia’s voice was strong like the wind and sweet like honey. She reminded Reynaldo of the royal choirs back in his father’s house. He listened and watched the woman’s every expression, peering deeply into her soul. Her true-heart and joy made him cry. The Prince raised his voice with the congregation in praise of the Great God of their Fathers.
The singing ended and the new parish priest took to the pulpit. Father Ricardo opened the ancient Book of the Fathers and began speaking of the Redeemer of the people. “My friends,” he said, “you don’t need to go searching for the saviour, begging him, or working to impress him. He is near you. Our redeemer has loved us with an everlasting love. But you are so blind that you wouldn’t recognize him if he were sitting among us tonight. Our spiritual blindness requires that he come to us for we neither seek him nor reach out to him.” Pointing to the back of the room, where Reynaldo sat, the priest continued, “In fact, the son of the king, Prince de la Cruz is in our midst right now to set us free if we will accept him.”
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