The Royal Wedding

A few weeks ago, I got up in the wee hours of the morning to watch “the wedding.” My mom (now 85), and I watched “the wedding” twenty years ago, when Charles and Diana got married. There was a bit of deja vu this time around as we woke early and saw many of the same scenes, just with different people.

Adding to our fun, I served homemade scones with strawberries and cream. Couldn’t go the “tea” route, because we both needed our early morning coffees! The bride was beautiful, everything was planned to the last detail, and seemed to go off without a hitch. I was impressed with the archbishop’s admonitions to the couple to remember that their vows mean something before God, and that they are to live outside themselves and be generous and honor God with their resources.

A woman remembers some days “as if they were yesterday.” One of those, for me, is my (much simpler) wedding day. We got married nearly 38 years ago, in the presence of 15 people, at my parents’ home. Every detail was planned, and the ceremony went off without a hitch. The couple was instructed that their vows meant something before God and that they were to honor Him with their lives. This June we are going to three weddings – each will be different; no doubt every “i” will be dotted and every “t” crossed in the planning. Preachers will remind the couples that their vows are a covenant with each other and God. There will be various levels of pageantry and celebration. It’s such an important day!

There’s another “royal wedding” just down the road for each of us. Jesus, the bridegroom, is waiting for His bride. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given to her to wear. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'” Revelation 19:7-9

What a day to anticipate! Far better than any ceremony we can comprehend. But, I fear, many of us are like the little girl in this picture. We cover our ears and don’t want to know about it. We want to pout and be someplace different. We’re not happy at the prospect of this wedding. The wedding day is coming! The answer to the question is eternal. Have you said, “I do?”

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