I like this picture so much, from one of the two weddings that I officiated last Saturday afternoon. It was a hot and sticky day, but it did not rain, and for that we gave thanks.
t am not sure, but I think this picturewas taken when a friend of the couple read a poem, "How Falling In Love is Like Owning a Dog,"by Taylor Mali. The poem was so funny, and so truthful. It even had these great lines in it,
"Love leaves messes.
Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs a lot of cleaning up after."
You can perhaps see why we are all smiling.
That reading, combined with verses from Ecclesiastes 4 and Colossians 3, made it a holy and joyful wedding day.
Here is a picture from the other wedding on that hot summer day:
At that wedding, the readings were from 1 Corinthians 13 (Love bears all things) and Ecclesiastes 4. The groom wanted them to write their own vows. The bride felt a little anxious about it. So they wrote their vows together. They were beautiful.
At picnic church tonight, someone asked if there were any God-sightings this week.
No one said anything.
We are not yet used to being asked that question.
We see God in many places, but we don't notice.
Tonight I wish I had said this:
"I saw God on Saturday afternoon when two couples made promises to each other."