Saturday, April 14, 2007

Ah, a Wedding

I’m on my way to a wedding. I want to wish God’s blessings upon the bride and groom, who are to be wed at 5:00 PM today. They are two godly people, both thirty-four years old, who have waited on the Lord for a spouse and have remained faithful to God, in every way, throughout their single years. I am posting this as a tribute to them, though they will probably never view it themselves. The groom is the son of one of my dearest friends and I’ve known him since he was a little boy. I have watched his growth in Christ and seen his faithfulness to his Lord, throughout even his teen years. He has been looking for a godly wife (which he deserves) for about ten years now, knowing that the Lord would do what is best for him. From what I’ve heard, his bride has had a similar experience. Well, God has brought them to each other, and has given them each what is right and fitting.

There is nothing more beautiful than a Christian wedding, which I am sure theirs will be. And there is nothing that shows the love of Christ better than a Christian marriage. I have little doubt that this couple will reflect that well known picture of Christ and His Church.

I don’t know if any of you have read Aunt Jane’s Hero, by Elizabeth Prentiss. What a wonderful book! Every single young person, eighteen and over, who contemplates marriage should read this book! (We sell it at Speakable Gifts.) I’ve written a companion to this book, but for reasons which I don’t need to go into here, it’s on hold for a while. The principals, Horace and Maggie, and Maggie’s sister Annie and Tom, were married in Chapter 10. Here is an excerpt from my summary prior to the questions for that chapter:

“It 's now that we do indeed cross the threshold with these two couples into a new abode—that blessed estate of matrimony. This estate, while often not revered by man, is highly revered by God. We particularly follow Horace and Maggie in the early days of their formation of a new home, a new family. Let us hope that they learn. . . that it is not their love which must keep their marriage dwelling intact, but it is the marriage itself, and their commitment to it, that must sustain their love. And don’t we all know Who must sustain the marriage?”

~Maxine A. Randall, Companion to Aunt Jane’s Hero.

This is indeed my desire and prayer for my two friends being wed today. Congratulations and best wishes – Fran and DeJay!


Sara said...

I hope you have a wonderful time!!! That is so beautiful how they both waited for each other; God will really bless their marriage!
Have a great day!

Elise said...

What a beautiful tribute! I felt as excited for the newly marrieds as you do! :)
And I'm heading over to Speakable Gifts to pick up a copy of that book for my sister...

Beverly said...

I keep thinking about Fran and Dejay and feeling happy for them. I love beautiful Christian weddings. God has really blessed them.

Beka said...

Beautiful! I hope the wedding went well!
As you know, I LOVE Aunt Jane's Hero... and I've been slowly but surely working through your study guide, and enjoying it very much!