My hubby and I attended a wedding last night. It was not the prettiest or the nicest wedding we have ever attended. It was an outdoor wedding, the reception to be held in the barn. The smell of manure was a bit overwhelming. And the sun, setting in the west, flickered between the moss covered trees, blinding most of us sitting on the left. The bugs couldn't decide if this was their party or their feast. The poor photographer danced about, trying to capture shots as the sun played hide and seek with him.
The young bride, a gifted musician, planned the music. Which turned out to be too long, the sound mostly lost between swaying trees and airplanes flying overhead. We sat three rows from the back, and could not see anything but the two bridesmaids on the left, and the two groomsmen on the right. Missing all of the beauty of this sacred moment. The father of the bride married the couple. After attending the wedding of two of her sisters, we knew what to expect. The microphone warbled in and out, the jokes were not very funny, although people laughed to be polite. And truthfully, why did he have to bring up things about the girl that were not really relevant?
I'm sad to see so many young people throw off the traditions of the wedding ceremony. Maybe it's because we live in an entertainment driven society. Personally, I like saving the first sight the groom has of his bride to when she walks down the aisle. I like traditional wedding vows. I enjoy hearing the triumphant sound of the wedding march. I mostly like to be able to hear and see the ceremony, given that I usually shed an emotional tear or two. This time it felt like the sound was off, and the party was happening just out of view.
But in the end, the two giggling kids are married and on their way to building their new lives together. I can attest that the years will fly by quicker than you can ever imagine.
I've turned off comments as this was a personal rant which is not meant for controversy.
Idleness is the devil's best friend. It is the surest way to give him an opportunity of doing us harm. An idle mind is like an open door, and if satan does not enter in himself by it, it is certain he will throw in something to raise bad thoughts in our souls.
Everything is an affair of the spirit. If God has a way of dealing with you in your life, it is the only way. Every little thing in which you would have your own way has a mission for your redemption. And he will treat you as a willful little child until you take your Father's way for your own.
It takes a long time for concepts to become convictions and
longer still for our conviction to become our character, but we can still be
thankful God never gives up on us. For those of us who have put our faith in
Him, a work has begun that He will complete. All of us will be used in one way
or another, as good examples or as bad ones. Someone once said that people
either serve the Lord with their lives or complain about the service of others.
Maybe those are our only options – to serve or to be served. It seems that
those who want only to be served are never satisfied.Until we are willing to comfort others with
the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God, we are not likely to
rejoice in the tribulation.
Trials don’t make us – they reveal us. We must admit what we
are so God can make us what He wants us to be. Not everyone will experience a
painful physical trial, but all behavior will be purified in the way that God
has planned for each of us. He knows what we need. He will do what’s best.
“He that hath my commandments, and keepth them (before his
eyes), he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my
Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him”John 14:21
I will think about their troubles – Psalm
32:10, Prov 4:19, Prov 10:24
I will know God is angry
with them – Psalm 7:11, Psalm 11:5-6
I will not covet their
riches – Prov 15:6, Psalm 37:16
I will not fret over them
– Prov 24: 19-20
I will realize their time
is short – Prov 10:27, Psalm 37: 35-36
I will treasure a good
name – Prov 10:7, Prov 15:9, Prov 22:1