This past weekend, the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Church gave us Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will. In true fashion, my daughter Kristy and now son-in-law Tyler walked down the aisle to those words. And the vows,
“I, Tyler, take you Kristy to be my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward. I promise to be true to you in good times and bad, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, to love and to cherish, from this day forward, till death do us part.”
took on more meaning than is intended on a wedding day. (A little background story here: Tyler had the flu on Friday, Kristy on their wedding day!) In sickness and health…
Behind the scenes we saw Kristy and Tyler pray together in private as they began their day together. After protecting her dress from the ill affects of the flu, we saw her bridesmaids gather around her as she prayed for each of them and for the strength to get them all thru the ceremony. After the ceremony we saw Kristy tell Tyler to go with the wedding party for a celebration cruise around town and Tyler make the choice to stay with his new bride as she slept for an hour. We saw Tyler and Kristy pray the dinner prayer as one, newly joined in Christ. And we saw both of them continue to smile through the reception and dance even though the day had not been their ideal.
Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will, in sickness and in health.
As Paul affirmed the villages he preached in, they affirmed each other. And they were, and have been, affirmed by their bridal party, friends and family who have shared and given them so much. They also have learned from the very beginning that not everything will be perfect, not every dream will come true, but that God has given them to each other, to support each other, SELFLESSLY. All they have to do is continue to ask for His support.
And He has put them in our lives to give us a shining example of “I come to do Your will.”
Tyler and Kristy, I am so proud of you! Know that by your example you have shown us that God puts us here not to always have everything go our way but to do His will by serving each other, and by doing everything in prayer with God as our leader. And if we do, we will be carried through the good times and bad, in sickness and health, till death do us part.
Blessings on your marriage! And may we use their example of selflessness to remember our own vows and to live our own marriages and lives in prayer.
Charlotte’s Morning Reflections are cross-posted here.