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Two weddings. Three days. Two coasts. Posted 4.11.2014

Two weddings. Three days.  Two coasts.  It was a whirlwind of a weekend, but rich and memorable beyond belief.


Last Saturday, the entire Welch clan gathered on the beach of Topsail Island, North Carolina, for my niece’s wedding.  It was a beautiful afternoon (the best of the trip) and everything went off without a hitch.  God is good.


On Monday, I was at La Venta Inn, for the intimate and beautiful wedding of Rob and Kelly Jarosch.  It was probably the most beautiful day all year in SoCal.  It was warm and crystal clear as they committed themselves to each other for life.  It was a day I’ll never forget.  I don’t imagine they will either.  It was the icing on one wonderful cake of a weekend.  Two distinct weddings, but in each God is so good.


The trip to North Carolina will be one that will go down in family lore for a very long time.  It was the weekend that it took my other niece (sister of the bride) 27 hours to get from Portland to Raleigh.  That’s 27 hours in airports and in the air with 4 kids under eight in tow.  They came through with flying colors and we just missed one day of family fun.  It was a treat to be together.  God’s grace is rich.


It is in these celebrations of life that we can pause for a moment and get a glimpse into the character of our God.  And He is, indeed, so very good.  And life is such a gift to treasure and enjoy.


Yes, it was a very hectic weekend, and even a little nerve-wracking.  Let me be real – I don’t want to mess up these wonderful moments in life.  Because it is in these moments that we get a glimpse into the intimacy that God desires to have with each of us – if there’s nothing to distract us.  Paul uses the marriage relationship as an illustration of the intimacy God wants with us.  Our marriages are a living illustration to the world of the uniqueness of walking with Jesus.  We are spiritually intimate with Him. As we are “one” with our spouse, we are “one” with Jesus. God’s truth is amazing.  He is so good to us.  Have I made that point yet?


In the days ahead we remember the passion of Jesus.  From the throngs shouting hosanna to the crowds calling for His death to the silence in the garden at daybreak, God’s plan unfold before us.  It is still His plan to take a bride for that day yet coming, a day when we are clothed in the righteousness He provides and are presented to our groom, without spot or wrinkle.  We are beneficiaries of His grace and extravagance. 


On that day there will be no broken airplanes to delay travel.  There will be reunions of deep joy.  There will be the most beautiful bride imaginable.  And there will be Jesus.  Waiting.  Ready to celebrate the marriage supper of the Lamb.  I’m still rooting for some fudge on that day.



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