Saturday, September 18, 2010

Weddings and Wonder

Today I played for an outdoor wedding. You couldn't have asked for more perfect weather. Everything was beautiful. The bride and groom looked wonderful, the wedding party coordinated perfectly. The flowers were gorgeous, the gazebo was adorned with hydrangeas, dried flowers, ferns and ribbons.

I frequently play for weddings, so I am no newcomer to the starry eyed bride and groom. I have seen the wonder in their eyes as they gaze at each other. I always ask myself questions about them, and I suppose I make predictions about them as well as their well dressed guests. Aunts and uncles perched in their seats, friends taking pictures, the photographer climbing over the railings and chairs trying to capture every shot!

While it looks so perfect, I know that every couple will have their hardships. Today I talked to a friend who is heartbroken over a relationship in her family that is struggling. I know the pain of broken marriage, being the child of a divorce. What makes some couples succeed, and half of them fail? There are some people, who aren't particularly religious, or romantic, yet they remain married for their whole life. My mother's parents were married more than 60 years. What a heritage!

Proverbs 14:1 says, "Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands."

Proverbs 15:16 says, "Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith."

Only a foundation on our Lord Jesus Christ will last. Somehow though, every wedding brings my thoughts back to my own wedding. I remember all things that happened, and treasure them in my heart. The pastor who married us told us that we would attend many weddings in our lifetime, but none of them would be as special as our own. Boy, was he right! I am blessed to have had my dear husband for 22 years now. I look at this starry eyed couple, and remember how I felt on my wedding day. I remember thinking about all the promise before me, and my whole life ahead of us. I hope I never lose that wonder. He does amaze me!

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