You’ll find me here.
At this Church.
At this altar.
Walking past these windows.
To meet this man.
There will be joy (and dancing?).
I might run. I might skip.
I might pirouette.
It’s all coming down to those crazy final details. The head count. The reception decorations and table settings.
I know it will be imperfectly perfect. Things will go right. Things will go wrong. I will be relieved and saddened when it’s over. And married. We can’t forget that. I’m still debating on my name change. At first I was sure I was not changing my name, but keeping my maiden name. Now…I’m not sure. When I mention I am thinking of changing it, I see the gleam in his eye. A gleam that speaks of honor and pride. I was keeping my maiden name in memory of my Dad who passed this last December. He doesn’t have a grave. He was cremated. It was a way to honor him and remember him. But he is gone. And maybe, it’s time to move forward. Maybe it’s my future, I must hold on to.
Two weeks from today, you’ll find me under this stained glass. Saying I do to a man, the week after I met him more than two years ago, I deemed perfect – for me anyway. I hope you’ll send up a prayer for us and know that no matter how many times you get broken, God can heal the hurts and restore.
Oh, how he restores.
1 Corinthians 13
1 What if I could speak all languages of humans and of angels? If I did not love others, I would be nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 What if I could prophesy and understand all secrets and all knowledge?
And what if I had faith that moved mountains? I would be nothing, unless I loved others. 3 What if I gave away all that I owned and let myself be burned alive? I would gain nothing, unless I loved others.
4 Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or 5 rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. 6 Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. 7 Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. 8 Love never fails! Everyone who prophesies will stop, and unknown languages will no longer be spoken. All that we know will be forgotten. 9 We don’t know everything, and our prophecies are not complete. 10 But what is perfect will someday appear, and what isn’t perfect will then disappear.
11 When we were children, we thought and reasoned as children do. But when we grew up, we quit our childish ways. 12 Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later we will see him face to face. We don’t know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us.
13 For now there are faith, hope, and love. But of these three, the greatest is love. .