WHAT IS IT ABOUT A WEDDING THAT
MAKES US SO EMOTIONAL?
LAST MONTH OUR FIRSTBORN SON, J. R., WAS MARRIED,
TAKING OUR BREATH AWAY WITH THE SURPRISE.
IT SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN A SURPRISE, BECAUSE HE TOLD US,
THAT GOD HAD TOLD HIM ONE DAY HE AND DIANNE WOULD BE MARRIED.
BUT THEY HAD BEEN LIKE BROTHER AND SISTER FOR SO LONG,
AND THEN ENGAGED FOR SO LONG WITH NO WEDDING PLANS.
I FINALLY RELEASED IT TO THE LORD.
BUT IN TRUTH, WAS NO LONGER LOOKING FOR IT TO HAPPEN.
ON THIS OCTOBER 14TH,
AS I WAS LEAVING MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT,
I SAW THAT J. R. HAD LEFT A MESSAGE ON MY PHONE.
CALL ME MOM, IT’S IMPORTANT.
STILL, I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS.
WHAT’S UP, HONEY?
DIANNE AND I ARE GETTING MARRIED TONIGHT.
J. R. told me the story. “We drove down to Brown County, Indiana to see the autumn leaves. While we were walking, Dianne said she’d like to be married in the little chapel of the Presbyterian Church where she trusted Christ as a child. And she would like their family’s long time pastor, Dr. Riley, to preside. I’m close to Pastor Riley and so I called him to see when we could make it happen. He said he was heavily booked — and the chapel was also! So I asked, ‘What about tomorrow?’
Dr. Riley said, ‘Oh, I’m booked all day tomorrow.’
‘What about today?’
‘Oh J. R., I’m sorry — I’m presiding over a funeral.’
Mom — my spirit rose up in me. I didn’t want to let this open door close. So I asked, ‘What about tonight?’
Dr. Riley paused, giving me hope. Then he said warmly, ‘Well, I could do it tonight! And the chapel is free at 6:00 P. M.’
I said, ‘I’LL TAKE IT!! LET’S DO IT!’‘
‘And so you are getting married tonight?’
I looked at my watch. Could I possibly make it? I knew I couldn’t. J. R. knows what I am thinking.
J. R. said, “I’m a little broken-hearted, Mom, that you won’t be there. Do you want us to try to postpone?”
“Just get married,” I cried!
He put Dianne on the phone. She is breathless. ‘It feels like when Jesus comes back for His Bride!'”
They ask me to pray. They are two hours away. Dianne has to find a wedding dress — J. R. a suit. There are people to call. And they must make it to the church on time!
God was with them, opening door after door, giving them His kisses all the way. Dianne walked into a bridal store and they brought out the perfect dress, the first dress, and it fit her perfectly. “It was my dream dress,” she told me, “and I found it in seven minutes.” A dear couple who were close to them postponed a flight so that she, Rosa, a gifted soloist, could sing, and so that he, Patrick, could film the ceremony. Even Dr. Riley commented on the light of the moon causing the stained glass above them to dance. The joyful presence of God surrounded them.
Last week they left for their honeymoon — but before they flew off, they took “The Badger” (the Michigan/Wisconsin ferry) to see me so I could share in their joy and pray over them.
I met them when they landed and loved how giddy they were with excitement. J. R. told me, “I still can’t get over it. She’s my wife!”
What is it about a wedding that penetrates our hearts?
Could it be that it whispers of the great wedding day ahead, when Jesus will come with a shout for HIs Bride?
That it is just a faint rumor of The Midnight Cry?
I asked J. R. and Dianne if I could share their story in conjunction with Psalm 45, and J. R. told me that that was one of his favorite psalms, and went on to explain why. “Jesus never plainly and clearly says, “I am God,” though He says it in many and mysterious ways. But Hebrews 1, which quotes Psalm 45, surely makes it clear. The Father is pouring out His love on God the Son. Here is the quote from Psalm 45 in Hebrews:
But of the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness,
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
PERSONAL NOTE ABOUT PARTICIPATING ON THIS BLOG
We have a good problem! We have so many wonderful women sharing so many good thoughts, that we are beginning to feel like we can’t keep up reading the comments. So I suggest trying these two things:
1. Everyone share your icebreaker on Sunday and your take-a-way at the end of the week — and then your deeper thoughts from the Bible study rather than every answer. You can work on a word document and come back and re-write your best on the blog, or copy and paste, but if you do that, to avoid gibberish, “paste as plain text”. If you left click to paste, those words are below the word “paste”. You don’t have to do this, but if many of you do it will help all read what is there more carefully.
2. Renee and Dianne are administrating a private Facebook page for active participants on this blog — for prayer and more personal sharing. Click on the maroon banner on the home page to find out how to join. You can still share prayer requests here, but it helps if you share most on the private page, and is a safe place to do so. They will also be the gate-keepers. We want it to be for active participants only.
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
MONDAY-WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY
Prepare your heart with this:
This is going to be fun! Jonathan Edwards was persuaded that The Song of Songs was no common love song because of the parallels he found in it to Psalm 45. This week we will find those exciting parallels. And, then, I have a treasure of a sermon, from a Scottish preacher who preaches in the style of the great Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
Read Psalm 45 out loud.
2. Compare Psalm 45:6-7 with Hebrews 1:8-9. How does this irrefutably show this psalm is about Jesus? And what do you learn about Jesus and HIs Deity from this?
3. Jonathan Edward’s final entry in his diary was his notes on the Song of Songs and why, because of the parallels with Psalm 45, he was convinced the Song was about Christ. Read through Psalm 45 and see, before you look at what Edwards found, if you can find any parallels. (If you aren’t familiar with The Song, you can skip this.)
Do the following and then look over your answers and come back and share your best insights or “aha!” moments on the blog.
4. The Song of Songs is a love song. (S. S. 1:1) What evidence can you find that Psalm 45 is a love song?
5. The Song of Songs is a wedding song. (S. S. 3:11) What evidence can you find that Psalm 45 is a wedding song?
6. In the Song of Songs, the bridegroom is a King. (S. S. 1:1) What about Psalm 45?
7. The bride in the Song is a king’s daughter (S. S. 7:1) What about Psalm 45?
8. The bride is beautiful in The Song. (S. S. 1:15) What about Psalm 45?
9. The bridegroom is the fairest of ten thousand in the Song. (S. S. 5:10) What about Psalm 45?
10. The bridegroom desires the beauty of the bride in the Song. (S. S. 4:9) What about Psalm 45?
11. The speech of the bridegroom is excellent and pleasant. (S. S. 5:16) What about Psalm 45?
12. The ornaments of the bride are costly, beautiful, and splendid. (S. S. 1:10-11; 7:1) What about Psalm 45?
13. The excellencies of the bridegroom are represented as perfumed ointments. (S. S. 1:3) What about Psalm 45?
14. The bride is both singular and plural (S. S. 1:2-4) What about Psalm 45?
15. The place of the King is a place of beauty and splendor. (S. of S. 1:16-17) What about Psalm 45?
Oh — I loved this sermon by a Scottish preacher who preaches in the style of Charles Haddon Spurgeon:
16. Share your notes and comments.
17. What is your take-a-way and why?