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Rejoice!

Today I went on a mini retreat. During my time of meditation I was moved to renew my Covenant with God according to the Methodist tradition.

It reminded me of my marriage vows. (I’ve been thinking about my wedding recently after our anniversary.) It is no small matter to promise to love and honour a man when you have no idea of what the future holds. “For better, for worse,” you say, “in sickness and in health…till death us do part.” That’s quite something. And it’s scary. You are no longer single, but part of a couple.

In the same way, I imagined myself yoked to the Lord Jesus. Then my image changed as I remembered a movie we saw recently which included a TV dating show where couples were chained together until one of them couldn’t stand it anymore and opened a lock. Then a siren went off and they were out of the running to win a million dollars. Quite ridiculous really, but in my imagination I saw myself and Jesus chained together. Where I go, He’ll have to go and where He goes, I have to go. We are a team now. I am no longer my own. It’s scary. And it’s no small matter.

My husband mentioned that when he had looked at our wedding photos, he noticed how radiantly happy I had looked. Well I was. He went on to say he thinks that is how Jesus looks when He looks at me and knows I am His.

Reminds me of the following scripture verse: The Lord your God, in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.(Zephaniah 3:17 New King James Version)

My Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus. Yes, I admit I feel a bit nervous. Then I remember; You are He who wouldn’t break a bruised reed or snuff out a smoldering candle and You know how to care for what belongs to You. Thank You so much for wanting to share life with me. Please help me to keep my vows and trust You always. Amen.

This post is part of JusJoJan.

The Photographer

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary. Forty two years! I can honestly say we have a very happy marriage.

As we sipped our morning coffee and replied to messages of congratulations, I decided to haul out our wedding album. As I looked at it, I was reminded how disappointed I had always been with my wedding photos. The photographer who took them was an amateur, recommended by a friend of my fiancé and a lot cheaper than a professional photographer. We were on a budget.

My best friend had a beautiful wedding album. The photos were black and white and had a dreamy look. I told our photographer I wanted black and white photos. Instead of looking dreamy, they came out harsh and in high contrast. He caught the family photo in front of the church with us all half in shade and half in sun. He did manage to minimize the shadow to a certain extent during the printing process but there is still a faint line stretching across all of us.

Yesterday, for the first time, instead of thinking about my disappointment, I thought about the photographer.

In those days there were no digital cameras. You got a spool of 36 frames and you had no way of knowing what your camera had captured until you developed and printed them. I can imagine the sick feeling he must have had when he first looked at his photos.

I’ve learned a bit of photography myself since then. I’ve taken photos at parties where some of the faces aren’t even in focus! Fortunately I can quickly delete those and nobody needs to know. Imagine having to submit a contact sheet for examination! A photographer knows a good photo from a bad. If I was disappointed, how must he have felt? I wonder if he ever photographed another wedding? Maybe he learned from his mistakes and got better and better. I’ll never know.

What this incident has shown me, however, is how selfish I still am. I see all events through the narrow focus of myself. After forty two years I am now finally able to release my disappointment with my wedding photos and the photographer. I hope I’ll be able to look at other events in my life and see the bigger picture, not my own selfish feelings.

My prayer

Father God, forgive me for my selfishness. Please give me the eyes to see things the way You see them. Grant me the compassion and understanding of Christ. Amen.

This post is part of JusJoJan

Secret Wedding

This is a story for flash fiction for aspiring writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story between 100 and 150 words based on a prompt. This week’s prompt is from Louise at The Story Teller’s Abode.

 

Kathryn took the steps two at a time, hindered by the expanse of white dress she was holding up with both hands. The prince had said he would meet her at dawn in the old chapel. He had organised with the bishop. It was now almost an hour after dawn. She had underestimated how long it took to prepare and saddle a horse without a groom. Had he waited?

As she reached the top she saw his back receding out the other side. “Richard!” she yelled.

He turned. His face lit up. “I thought you had changed your mind,” he said, sheathing his sword again. (105 words)