|Jesse, age 1|
|Jesse, age 18|
|Mark and Cindy, married 30 years in 2012|
Three days after we returned from celebrating our anniversary, Cindy and I participated in the wedding of our second son, Caleb, to his sweetheart of many years, Celia. Here is part of what I shared with them and the congregation: “Marriage exists first to display God and the sacrificial death of Christ for his bride. When a man and a woman live according to God’s design, they do so for God’s glory. It is worship, perhaps the finest act of worship this side of heaven. I know you both love worship and missions, Caleb and Celia. Your first act of worship as husband and wife will not be the song we sing together in a few minutes. It will be the vows you speak before almighty God and these witnesses, as you promise to love each other for God’s glory all the days of your life. Your first mission trip as husband and wife will not be to Kenya in a few weeks. It will begin on your honeymoon. Everywhere you go this week you will put on display the relationship between Jesus and the church.”
|Caleb and Celia, married 6/9/12|
It is not every week that three such milestones take place, and Cindy and I were humbled by them. We were humbled because we know that God is good, not us. What a blessing! We felt like we were sitting down to a banquet of fresh fruits and vegetables that we had planted, by God’s grace, in a different season. All of the agony of back-breaking toil in the hot sun was forgotten because the harvest was in and the feast was prepared. The labor was eclipsed by the sweet reward. The fruit was delicious and satisfying.
The Psalmist said, “Give to the Lord the glory due His name.” As we enjoy the great blessing of a graduation, an anniversary and a marriage, that is all we want to do.
Thank you, Lord.