Friday, April 29, 2011

Here Comes the Bride

So, Kaya and I LOVED watching all the footage of the Royal Wedding this morning.  No, we were not the crazy ones who got up at 4 am to watch it live, but rather the replays on the morning news!!  I watched as my sweet daughter marveled over the gown (didn't we all!!),  the palace, the horse-drawn carriage and ALL THOSE FANCY HATS!  It brought back memories of my own wedding day....I remembered all the planning that went into making that day so special, my family and friends that supported us, and every little painstaking detail.  I reveled in the memories, as well as the anticipation of someday having the privilege of watching my two very own daughters (as well as two sons) get married.  Oh beautiful day!!

As little girls, isn't it what we all dreamed of?  Didn't we dream of princes and princesses and knights in shining armors and castles and far-away lands?  Didn't we dream of being rescued?  Of being cherished?  Of being accepted just as we are?  Didn't we dream of OUR wedding day? 

Now, most of us will never grow up and marry into the Windsor line (some can hope, can't they!!), but we have ALL been born into royalty.  And we are ALL anticipating a wedding day, far grander than any held at Westminster Abbey. 

"You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession...."
1 Peter 2:9 

You see, we have each been created in the image of a beautiful and loving God.  A God who, despite our turning our backs on Him, sent His son to the cross for us. 

In. Our. Place. 

We were worth dying for!!  A God who loved us so much that He set out to redeem us, to buy us back from our sin.  To rescue us.  And someday, if we put our faith in Him, we will meet Him face to face at our VERY OWN WEDDING FEAST!  Oh beautiful day!!

"Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready."
-Revelation 19:7

Just as the marriage between Prince William and Kate Middleton MUST be built on something other than forced tradition, our faith must also be built upon much more than mere religion.  Tradition fails (just look at some other Royal arranged marriages).  Religion does too.  It is only through a relationship with Jesus that we can be assured of our salvation.  It is only through putting our trust in Him and accepting this FREE gift of eternal life, that we can enter into the wedding celebration. 

Well, in the spirit of wedding ceremonies, I can't help but to share a couple pictures of mine with you.  I hope you enjoy!!

                                                                                            December 16th, 2000


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