Wedding, Friends and All Things Wonderful

Wedding music.

I have seen a spectrum of styles, various instruments, a few many-splendored glories and a few fiascoes (including the soloist who had pitch issues to begin with and ended with my threat to boycott accompanying his free-style, note-bending, ad-libbing, Donna Summersesque rendition of The Lord’s Prayer).

But nothing will ever surpass the clarity, the simplicity, the potency of one cello playing The Church’s One Foundation as the bridesmaids walked down the aisle. 

… from heav’n he came and sought her to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

All the joy and solemnity of the incipient ceremony, the thrill of anticipation, the relief of arriving at this place in this moment with these people, were distilled in the dulcet tones of the cello.  A hush descended; the sisters radiant in their turquoise dresses entered with regal dignity; the words from the hymn echoed and re-echoed in my thoughts. That was the defining moment for me.  It was the first time I’ve thought about Christ while I’ve watched a procession of bridesmaids.

The wedding sermon was superb.  You, gentle reader, are blessed because you may read it here.  I timed it:  six minutes to read.  Print it out and read it with your family.  More beauty.  More wonder. More mystery.  

The entire day was magnificent.  A coming together of friends and families near and far to witness the ceremony and rejoice at the reception.  Both families delighted with their new son/daughter/sister/brother.  A traditional southern New Year’s Day meal — and I l-o-v-e-d the steamed collards and black-eyed peas, not to mention the pulled pork.  I think I could be very happy living in the South. 

A glorious wedding brings to fruition all the years of labor and prayer and care and guidance that went into the bearing and bringing up of a child.  It is such a day of rejoicing for the parents and grandparents and all the onlookers who have watched the growth in the bride or groom’s life.        

Our beloved pastor and friend, the groom’s dad, giving a father’s blessing

The bride’s mom, a jewel beyond compare


Lindsey and Jon


You know these people don’t you?

And I was blessed to meet, in real life, Dana of Hidden Art.  Who can say when or where we met?  I think her first comment here was on March 9, 2006. At that time we didn’t have a clue that there were connections lurking underneath the framework of our online friendship.  Dana is every bit the gracious, classy, articulate woman you would expect.  Being with Dana makes you want to sit up a little straighter, because you want to, not because she’s giving you a look.  She inspires you to be a lady, to be beautiful, to be articulate.

We didn’t have the freedom to just sit and talk non-stop until the evening after the wedding.  I loved relaxing together and letting our conversation meander where it would. Another bonus was meeting her parents, lovely folk.  I am inspired by her mother who took up painting after she turned 50 and is now an accomplished artist.  I loved introducing Dana to my loved ones. 

I plan to join Dana and Cindy and others reading Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt. 

2008 began gloriously.  I believe it’s going to be a great year.

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10 thoughts on “Wedding, Friends and All Things Wonderful

  1. We ourselves are talking a lot about weddings around here.  I want so much, when our children to marry to glorify God in it all (and also have a strong desire to go as counter-culture as we can). 
    My sister’s processesional (sp?) was “Lift High the Cross” a wonderful march sounding hymn and so appropriate.
    I love the idea of The Church’s One Foundation also.
    Thanks for the details…I still think that Dominion Cindy should write an e-book on “Agrarian Weddings”.

  2. Oh, my goodness, you met Dana in PERSON???  WOW!!! And somehow, having met the Tollefsons in person for just that one meal, I knew the wedding would be wonderful.  Collard greens and black-eyed peas? Hmm….you always have been the adventurous one for new foods!!! 

  3. Wow, so close yet so far! I am glad you and Dana had a chance to meet and visit, even though I’m green with envy. The wedding sounds wonderful and inspiring, too. I like to hear about those lovely young Christians beginning new covenant families!

  4. Just popping in to say *hello*  We got in about midnight last night and I have a ton of things to do today.
    It was wonderful to meet you in person… at such a happy occasion.
    More later.

  5. Greetings beloved friend. Thank you so much for the glimpses of the trip up and of the wedding bits as well for dear Jon. It was a joy to see Terry T. (I  couldn’t help but think of that kid we once knew sitting in our living room and wrestling with our kids, surfing with Ed and his incredible focus on Christ) What a wonderful day for that precious and dearly loved family!!!
    Wow we are all jealous of your time with hiddenart. Blessings in the New Year, M

  6. My heart is warmed by reading of these blessings for all. May our Lord of grace, peace, and provision continue His work in all  our lives — He truly is faithful, from beginning to beginning to beginning!

  7. I have been lurking here all week waiting for this post!!!What a delightful sight to see all of my friends.I am so thankful for you all :o)Carol, you wrote such a beautiful description of Dana :o)

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