Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Psalm 34:3
O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.

Saturday, September 23 was a day of tremendous excitement! I laughed, I cried, I reflected and I rejoiced as our only son, Marc, stood at the altar and pledged his love and loyalty to Crystal, his sweet and beautiful bride. My heart is thrilled knowing that they both love the Lord and that their desire is to please and serve Him.

The minister spoke directly to Marc and Crystal from the words of Scripture, reminding them that marriage is a reflection of the love relationship between the Lord Jesus Christ and His Bride, The Church. Rev. Miller challenged them to love each other in the way that God intended for a man and wife to love one another which means each must honor, cherish, give and forgive. And then he pronounced them Mr. and Mrs. It was a beautiful time of bringing this young couple into a new relationship with one another. Truly it was a time of rejoicing.

At a bridal shower two weeks before one of Crystal's friends asked me, "Is it really hard letting your only son go?" I simply replied, "It would be if I didn't love his bride so much." Later it hit me--that was the sentiment of God the Father when He sent His only Son Jesus to earth to live among sinful men, then allowed Him to suffer and die on our behalf. The Father simply loved His Son's bride so much that He was willing to let His Son go so that you and I might be brought into a new relationship with Him. What love! What amazing love!

Heavenly Father, I am overwhelmed with Your goodness to me and to my family. I truly praise You and thank You for the multitude of blessings You have showered upon us.

By Ann Shorb
©Copyright Ann Shorb, 2006

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