I’ve been sitting here, fingers dangling over my keyboard, trying to form words from the emotions that are stirring. I can’t. But I’m gonna give it my best effort.
There are a couple of words that keep rising. Grace and Redemption. These are lofty words when written, but I promise they are profound when they are experienced.
Tomorrow is the day I get to marry Jennifer. And, my gosh, I love her! My soul is filled to the brim.
Jennifer is stunning. Her smile, her sincerity, her countenance. Everything about her! It’s hard to believe she could be more beautiful, but she is. Get to know her and you’ll find a woman whose character is strong, and whose heart is even more gorgeous than her face. Her beauty manifests on the outside, but it is born within.
Over the years, Jennifer has inhaled pain and frustration, only to exhale grace and love. I’ve never met a woman so resilient, and so strong, even through the toughest of times.
I’m giving my life to this woman.
It is a new beginning, right? Not entirely. When I consider the redemptive story of God in our lives, this is more like a finale, and less like a beginning.
The message of Jesus is one of redemption and second chances.
In Him, all things are made new. All that is lost becomes found. Dead things come back to life.
Sadness, shame, and pain are traded for a joy that lasts an eternity.
Our wedding day is the culmination of God’s grace and redemptive work in our lives. It’s only because of this grace & redemption that today is even possible.
To be frank, neither of us would have ever guessed this in a thousand years. The road to this point wasn’t planned, and it wasn’t easy. Amidst the sudden turns, dead ends and rocky terrain – there was hope. All along the way, there was an undercurrent of spirit-endowed peace carrying us forward.
There was joy amidst the journey.
There was family who harbored, protected, and loved.
There was a church who hung in there, prayed fervently, and never walked away.
And there was Jesus. His gentle voice whispering, “move forward, do well.”
I wish I could invite every single one of you to our wedding. I’m thankful for the support and love we have received from so many! Can’t wait for tomorrow!