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A Wedding Homily
A Wedding Homily
It was my great privledge recently to be asked to bring a homily for a couple that is very dear to me and my family. Alyssa and Jared were wed Saturday June 28 th 2008.
It was a wonderful union.
Alyssa has been a part of our lives now for about 16 years. Her father was a good friend and brother in Christ and he raised his two girls alone until he went on to be with the Lord about five years ago. His daughters have been as our own ever since.
I thought that this may help others looking to address a wedding assembly.
And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of the ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof,
And from the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh.
Love is a gift from God
Marriage is of God
The Almighty God, Our Father chose, as the crowning achievement of his creation, a marriage. Adam and Eve without sin joined before God as man and wife. This was the first marriage. Also, at the end of time, at the last day, the crowning achievement of God's plan is a marriage. The Lord Jesus Christ and his church, the spotless holy bride, will meet together at the marriage supper of the Lamb and begin an eternal union, forever and ever.
The Scripture says, "Two are better than one. But; Woe, to him that is alone when he falls". From this day forward you will no longer be alone in this world. The Lord charges you both to hold up the other ‘til death do you part. There is no divorce in a Christian marriage.
The Scripture also says, "A threefold cord is not quickly broken". The Lord himself is the third cord in your marriage. If you will remember to put the Lord first, your spouse second, and yourself last, you will have a blissful union, no matter what life throws at you.
In the first chapter of the book of Genesis when our God first created man he said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness". Then it continues, "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."
So then, in the very beginning, when mankind was first conceived, there was male and female, husband and wife. Then as Adam slept, God opened his side and took a part of him, that was already there, and formed the woman.
This is part of the wonderful mystery of God. This is what the Jews call "beshert". It means, "Meant to be." You are both part of one essence that was separated until now.
You will be joined as one today in holy matrimony but the wonderful truth is you were joined from before the foundation of the earth. The Lord has just allowed you to find each other. (Even though it might have taken a while for one of you to get the message.)
Remember these things when times are rough or you have misunderstandings or someone's feelings are hurt. This marriage is ordained by God Almighty. Difficult times are a time to grow. Learn to use your words to give life not death, and learn to forgive quickly. As Christ forgives you, so you need to forgive each other. Never hold a grudge.
Your spouse is a gift of God. Treasure them. Accept each other; comfort each other, encourage each other; and enjoy each other. Grow together in the grace of God and in your love for each other.
Your marriage and your love are a portrait that God gives to the world. It is an image and a shadow of his eternal love for his people.
Alyssa and Jared
A Final Blessing
Alyssa; Abby and I have known you since Sunday school. Before we even had children of our own you were a part of our lives. You have grown from a quiet little girl into an kind, outgoing, and beautiful Christian woman.
Love blooms all around you. Look around you. See how many people laid claim to you. Not just as a friend but as a part of their own family. It is because of the love that emanates from you. You are like a magnet for other peoples love.
You have grown up to be such a beautiful godly woman. Your Dad would be so proud today.
And Jared, you have been in our lives since High School. I remember the first time Al, (Alyssa's dad) told me about a fine young man that was Alyssa's boyfriend. I was in shock because he actually liked you.
This is the father who would sit in the back row of the theater if his daughter went to the movies with a group of her friends. For Al Giordano to approve of anyone for one of his girls was a shock. I can tell you for sure that he would give his blessing and approval to the two of you today.
My final advice is to pray together. Let the threefold cord continually be strengthened. Enjoy this day. We love you both.
God bless you and your marriage, and have fun in Jamaica.
wedding rings are circular sybolizing eternity.
Homily - Websters Dictionary
Function:noun Inflected Form(s):plural hom·i·liesEtymology:Middle English omelie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin homilia, from Late Greek, from Greek, conversation, discourse, from homilein to consort with, address, from homilos crowd, assembly; akin to Greek homos same