Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lessons from a Wedding

"Take our lives, and let them be one in Christ eternally,
take our moments and our days let them flow in ceaseless praise."

Jon and I had the pleasure of attending a wedding last weekend.  The kids came along with us to the ceremony and we got a chance at a date when the reception took place two hours later.  During the wedding, my 5-year old could not tear her eyes away from the breathtaking bride and the happenings at the altar.  She was rivoted to her seat, a silent observer of a beautiful moment in this couple's life.

As the unity candle portion of the service was taking place, she leaned over and quietly asked what they were doing.  I explained about the joining of the families and more importantly how God is the third person in every marriage, the part that holds the two together.  She seemed satisfied with my less than eloquent explanation and went back to her study of the bride.  Two minutes later a tug at my arm drew my attention back to her.  In her whispered voice she said, "Mommy, I wonder who God has for me."

In that fairy tale moment, when my little girl was dreaming of that day when she would be wearing the Cinderella dress, I was reminded of why I pray every day for those people my children will marry.  I was reminded of how each day our children look to us and our marriage as an example they will someday emulate.  Do they see God in our marriage? I hope so!   Do they see him in what we say to one another?  In how we treat one another?  In how we love one another?  I think marriage in today's world has lost the awe, the magic that happens when God joins two people together as one, for eternity. Even in our imperfection, God created us to love.In Matthew 19:4-6 it says "At the beginning the Creator "made them male and female, and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two two will become on flesh' So they are no longer two, but one.  Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."  Pray today for your marriage and for all marriages.  As you pray for His presence, thank Him for your prince or princess.

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