Once upon a time in the kingdom of Natalafe, there lived a royal prince and
his subjects. Now the name of the prince was Emmanuel Bishop and the king had given him a list with the names of all of his subjects. The problem was there were some names on the list that he wasn’t familiar with.
Now all of these subjects lived far and wide all throughout the kingdom –
yet they all lived within a day’s walk of the castle. Many of the subjects would come to the castle at least once a week to pay their respects to the king. Prince Bishop knew all of those subjects by name. He would often meet each subject at the castle gate and would welcome them.
But there were many subjects who never even entered the castle though the
king strongly desired for each of his subjects to attend. Prince Bishop knew
some of those subjects but not all of them. And yet the king had told the
prince that it would be his responsibility to make certain that ALL of his
subjects were safe.
That was a huge responsibility. Especially with all of his other princely responsibilities and because he didn’t know all of the subjects on the list. And so Prince Bishop would try to come up with a plan to make contact with those who were not coming to the castle knowing that he just couldn’t do it all by himself.
And so it came to pass that Prince Bishop divided the kings’ subjects into units and called knights to serve over each unit. One of the units was specifically designed for the Lords and another for the Ladies. The knights divided the Lords and Ladies into even smaller groups called families and they called their squires to serve in pairs and visit a certain amount of families each month.
Each pair would be responsible for visiting three to five cottages within the
kingdom. They were told they would only have to visit just once a month to
learn how each subject was doing. It was not a difficult task. To give just a bit of time just once a month and report back to the knights who served within the units so that they in turn could report back to Prince Bishop.
And now it came to pass that the squires had fulfilled their callings.
And this greatly pleased Prince Bishop and the king to have such compassion within their kingdom, that so many were willing to fulfill their callings Their reports made it so much easier for Prince Bishop to understand and help his subjects a little better.
The branching out and reporting back seemed to work well in the beginning but darkness fell upon the kingdom. For behold, verily, verily I say unto you that not all the squires would be able to work together each month. Each pair seemed to come up with excuses not to go until finally only about half the subjects in the kingdom were receiving visits. Thus Prince Bishop felt sorrow for he did not know how some of his subjects were doing.
The knights seemed just as perplexed – why would those who had been called agree to give up only a little bit of time just once a month and not do it? Why wouldn’t they be willing to keep that commitment to help Prince Bishop and more importantly our King?
Prince Bishop called two royal hunters who would go from cottage to cottage inviting the subjects to come back to the castle. And each month the royal hunters would report to the prince about their findings within the kingdom of his subjects. Prince Emmanuel Bishop always praised them. He has praised many of his Squires also. But not all of the Squires are doing their part and the kingdomric often wonders how to get the ALL of the Squires to do his or her part.
With faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of the king, We know it can be done.
We are ALL important to the King’s plan. What can we do together to strengthen our calling in our kingdom?
The End . . . or should I say to be continued?