For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. —Romans 15:4

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Here Comes the Bride

Revelation 19:6-8
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting
    For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
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 her to wear.”

The wedding march plays as a bride dressed in satin and lace floats down the aisle. The bodice of the dress shimmers with beadwork. A flowing train follows as she moves between the guests.  The sweet fragrance of her bouquet wraps her in freshness. She’s waited for this day for months. Fittings— to make her one with the dress. Tastings— to find the perfect cake. Listening— to choose the right music. From their seats, the guests see a fairyland with the queen as the centerpiece. But what about the inside? The bride appears lovely, but has she prepared to meet her groom for the rest of her life? She vows to love him, respect him and serve him. As he does her. Her eyes glisten with promise.

When I chose to follow Christ excitement flowed through me. I donned a white baptism gown. My family watched as I vowed to serve the Lord. I was fourteen, and I was certain that I understood what I was doing. But what I didn’t understand was how Christ would work in my life. I stumbled, I sinned, but God forgave me and loved me. Through the forty-two years I’ve followed Jesus, I love God even more and make my best attempt to continue on the plan He set for my life. I’ve been taught that the Bride of Christ is the church. I’m thankful to be part of that greater body who serves God together. 

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