by Pastor Mark Shupe
My daughter Rachel is getting married in a little over a week and the whole wedding planning process has often left me feeling like the words of the t-shirt in the picture above. I have become way too “Steve Martin”- like (think Father of the Bride movie), as I am informed of what “needed” items cost in what I have come to experience as the wedding industry racket. It seems all the wedding venues, caterers, photographers, videographers, dress shops and dress alteration shops all got together and decided to charge exuberant fees for this once in a lifetime event. All of this has, at times, left me with the empty feeling of “scan for payment.”
Given all the stress and chaos of planning and facilitating a wedding, it is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture and purpose of the holy bond of marriage. In my calmer and more reflective moments, there are some wonderful and deeply meaningful thoughts that I find are truly worth treasuring.
Pondering these thoughts, I have been reminded by God to fully engage my heart and mind in the moment. I don’t want to miss what God wants me to experience and express through this wedding celebration. Everything from the emotional tears to the heartfelt prayers of gratitude are part of the celebration worshipping our good and gracious God. That learning is one that applies to all our lives in all situations. Let’s not get too caught up in the chaotic and stressful details of life that we miss the treasurable, life-enriching lessons God wants us to embrace.