Friday, April 17, 2009

Wedding Bells

This coming Sunday our son Tyler will be joined in marriage to a wonderful girl that is already a daughter to Jennifer and myself. Kristin Blalock and Tyler met at Pacific Union College and are one of those "perfect match" couples. We felt this way very early on in their relationship as they spent time together around us. God does indeed bring people together at the right time and place in their lives.

At 5:00 p.m. on April 19 I will have the joy to perform their wedding service in the presence of their family and friends in Temecula, CA. Writing the wedding homily for my son's wedding has been a memorable experience--particularly because something unique happens when you think of your kids taking such a big step in life. I've described it like this: I look at this grown man yet I also in the same moment simultaneously see my 5-year-old little boy that I put on my shoulders when his legs got tired. I suppose that parents never quite get past that image--at least not for me.

When he stands before me with his wife-to-be I am reminded that almost 28 years ago I did the same thing with the girl I loved and with whom I wanted to spend my life with together. The "circle of life" does indeed turn around on us and brings us to familiar things with your children.

It's a tremendous time and I'm praising God that those I love will be with us for this moment, as well. My mother, sisters and their families, brother, and friends from years past will join in blessing for this new family being formed on April 19, 2009.

How is this a "Journey in Ministry"? Well, I'm doing another wedding! But this time it's PERSONAL!

May God bless you this upcoming Sabbath with the joy of love.