Dr. Sparkle has had an unusual glimmer in his eyes over the past months. It was extremely noticeable now, why, as he buzzed all around the reception floor and during the well versed steps with his bride in the beautiful white gown.
Second time around, he was as gleeful as any first time bridegroom I have seen.
The past couple of years as we have weaved paths at social events and church, his comments have been, “I’m having fun dating.” A strong Christian man with a heart for missions work, a sailor, guitarist and grandfather, he was not necessarily looking for marriage right now. But Cupid hit and e Harmony helped and ….
We attended his wedding in a beautiful chapel in Sacramento at the end of a summer night. Candles glowed peacefully from the end of each aisle.
The minister stated it was a “bidding of the Spirit.” It was “Two hearts marrying—best friends with God as the indispensable partner.”
“It is not good for man to be alone, I will make him a helper.” The minister also addressed the community would also be a refuge and help. With that said, all the children came forward from both the Good Doctor and his new bride.
They stood together(infants in tow) spanning the altar facing the bride and groom—who now exchanged vows with their acquired children..
“I promise I will be a good husband to your mom. Each of you will always have a place in our house as your new home.”
“Will you love and honor_ (new spouse)_to be part of our new family and accept them joyfully? Will you support us?”
Together the children and grandchildren answered, “I Will”
It was a wonderful experience for me to see their family vows. It shows the children how him important they are to the success and true joy of their parents.
It creates a platform for a strong launch and beginning, which all blended families need, no matter if the children are out of the house or still being reared.
May God bless all the weddings and families he brought together this summer and that are continuing into the fall. We pray God’s humor, courage, laughter and love, peacemaking skills and listening skills. Oh, and the gracious speech of Christ with one another. Something we can practice all the time, married or single! Amen and amen.