1 "Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids* who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
3 The five who were foolish didn't take enough olive oil for their lamps,
4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil.
5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 "At midnight they were roused by the shout, `Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!'
7 "All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps.
8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, `Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.'
9 "But the others replied, `We don't have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.'
10 "But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked.
11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, `Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!'
12 "But he called back, `Believe me, I don't know you!'
Use me Jesus to be a light to the world, even though I'm just an ordinary girl. I know that you have great plans for this world. Use me Jesus to be the helping hands that can heal our broken land. Use me Jesus, and let my light shine brighter each day with a new fresh verse that sets this world on a new course. Use me Jesus! I pray each and every day you fill my lamp with your precious oil.