I went to a wedding this weekend that I won’t soon forget.
The scene was a small town. The bride and groom had come to the same school, located in the town where I live. Love blossomed and in time this day was scheduled.
We love these two. In fact, I can’t think of anyone around us who doesn’t. They always smile when they see you. Energy and hugs flow freely from them. Any day was better when you talked with them.
If we didn’t love them so much, there’s no way we’d have driven for six hours in one day to spend three hours in Eastman, GA to see them exchange wedding vows.
The ceremony was soaked in the Gospel. I’m not talking about the imminent doom message you might hear at a funeral from a God who is out to get you. It was a message of love, like we had for Jim and Annalyn. We were invited to witness their love for each other. We were invited because they loved us.
That’s the message of the Gospel in the most famous verse in all of Scripture, John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Love was everywhere. It was in the message the pastor gave. It was in Jim’s eyes as he saw his bride walk down the aisle.
By the way, that is remarkable because an auto accident left Annalyn mostly unable to even stand up for very long. But since it was her wedding day, I thought it was awesome to see her walk there. There was even a decorated crutch made for the occasion!
The love in the pastor’s message was that days like this remind us of how much God loves us. And just as Jim and Annalyn and all of us will have days when we really wonder if that is true, we can look back to reminders like this that yes, He really does love us.
And just as we were invited to witness love that day, God invites us to be loved by Him.
It’s the best invitation you’ll ever get. Once you’ve felt God’s love, you’ll be as excited as Jim was to see Annalyn come down the aisle and fulfill her promise to be his bride.