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The following meditation was written by Doug Hood's son, Nathanael Hood, a seminary student at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Now, the king knew he could have anything
he wanted. There were none with his wealth, none with his power, none with his
strength in battle or conflict. Yet his love left him paralyzed with
uncertainty. If he arrived in her village with his rich jewels, his lavish
robes, his royal carriage and armed escort, the maiden would surely accept his
hand. But would it be for love or fear? Would she spend her life resenting or
hating him for giving her no choice? What if she only agreed to marry him
because she wanted his wealth, his power, his palace? Yes, the Dane sighed, he
could never truly know her love if he came to her as a king. So this threw off
his finery and abandoned his entourage. He clothed himself in rags and went to
her village alone. It was there, as a powerless, penniless beggar, that he
managed to woo the maiden and win her heart.