With our daughter getting married this Sunday, the final details are causing a flurry of activity. The bride and all her entourage have worked very hard to pour all their love into every part of this glorious day. Even the weather looks like it will cooperate. The threat of thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes is predicted to stop for a perfect day for an outdoor wedding set in a vineyard. Friends and family have been celebrating with showers, dinners and parties. Everyone knows these two love each other and are thrilled to see them join together as one. Marriage can happen without so much fanfare, but it is one of the most important occasions there is. Weddings are very important to You, Lord! You created man and woman to go together. Jesus’ first public miracle was at a wedding! Much points to the much anticipated marriage of the Lamb!
I recall all the years I prayed for our children to each end up with the perfect mate. I knew You already knew who they would marry and that the lives of the still unknown soulmates, even as a child, would have an impact on who they would be as a spouse. Father, we are incredibly blessed to have seen Your hand in each of our children’s marriages. As we get ready to give this daughter away to a wonderful young man, both families are very aware what an incredible team they will be. They have already been there for one another and the road ahead will give them plenty of more opportunities to work together to face anything. From this moment on, they will be as one.
How exciting to see the bride and groom ready to make this life-long commitment of love. You lead us to believe there is far more that goes on in a wedding than just a legal ceremony. You tell us that it is, in fact, a mystery, a picture of Jesus and His Bride, the church. Lord, let me never forget that I am preparing every day to meet my beloved Jesus- to live with Him forever. He is coming back to get me. I want to be ready. I want my love to be fresh and deep and committed. I want to be found faithful to the One who gave His life for me; to the One who has prepared a place for me; to the One who truly loves me. Let us celebrate this Sunday in the love that joins these two…and let us each be ready when our Jesus comes to get us for the wedding of the Lamb!
“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder shouting: ‘Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” Revelation 19:6-8
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. This is a profound mystery- but I am talking about Christ and the church.” Ephesians 5:31-32
Father, Jesus has given His life for me. Help me be ready by…