By: Tim Sader
So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. (Philippians 2:18)
2015 was a very big year not only did we have a wedding, change houses and a thousand year flood; there was an adoption, surprise pregnancy, graduation, retirement and another wedding for Sammy’s twin sister Amanda and Alicia. After trusting that God would shelter us from the big storm we ended up with beautiful weather for early October. A couple weeks before their wedding there was a bridal shower Sammy was able to attend. On the wedding weekend there was an informal dinner and drinks to welcome out of town guests. The next night was the rehearsal and dinner party at Alicia’s parent’s house in the country. This isn’t where they got married but it was outside like their venue so it worked for doing a practice run. The house had quite a few stairs so Sammy and I stayed outside the screened deck area where everyone else was and talked to people running in and out of the deck. It wasn’t ideal for us but we loved being there to show our support and to rejoice with them like they did with us six months before. After dinner and some chatting with family and friends we called it a night before mosquitos carried us off somewhere. The following day Sammy met them at the salon to get their hair, nails and make-up done before they rushed off to a photo shoot. We picked Sammy up and went out for brunch then went to the house and got ready for their happiest of days. It is nice to get dressed up for special occasions. They seem so few and far between that we have to brush the dust off the dresses, shirts and ties. Sammy wore a hip looking paisley print dress her sister picked so that it would complement the bridal party. It was pink, purple, white and blue; I wore dark blue pants, a teal shirt and a tie that looked nice with Sammy’s dress. The ceremony was outside at a place called Medicine Winds Farm on a beautiful sunny afternoon. A Summerville City official preformed their wedding ceremony, they had unique vows, exchanged rings and it was beautiful. Behind where we had the ceremony was a beautiful barn built for large gatherings. We had drinks and appitizers while they did their photos with family around the farm. I got a chill while the sun was setting so I rushed to get inside which wasn’t easy. Unfortunately I missed getting my picture with Sammy and the rest of the family I married into. During the reception we got a lovely picture though with the family at the table and one of the twins and their spouses.
For dinner they served BBQ chicken, pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, corn, macaroni and cheese and sweet corn muffins. It is always good to celebrate others by having a feast with them to show how happy we are to be a part of their life (Lk 15:23-24). After dinner we had yummy wedding cake and heard some funny and some serious speeches. After this was more drinks and a couple hours of dancing until late in the night. Finally when everyone was drunk, tired or both we showed off the newlyweds as they exited with rows of guests holding sparklers on either side of the walkway. It was a wonderful day to rejoice with two of our favorite people on this very special occasion. We are told to rejoice with others when they rejoice and morn when they morn. We are called to live our lives closely and in harmony with others. We are not to be proud thinking we are better than anyone no matter their lifestyle. How dare we be so conceited (Rom 12:14-16)? God wants us to not compare ourselves to others but to focus on and rejoice in Him. In our hearts we rejoice because we trust in His holy name. May His love be with us as we put our hope in Him (Ps 33:21-22). We trust in His unfailing love; we rejoice in His salvation (Ps 13:5). We should always be glad and rejoice with others in the Lord. In the same way we celebrate milestones with friends and loved ones God wants us to find joy in Him. We should rejoice in Him always; and again rejoice! in Him (Phil 4:4). Rejoicing is fun especially when we celebrate with the ones we love but let us not forget the one who loved us enough to save us.
Lord I ask that we would not be too proud to rejoice with those you have surrounded us with when they rejoice and not forget to also be there for them when they are down. Like the prodigal when he came home let us feast with the ones we love because when they are with us it is a celebration. Help us Lord to bless everyone and curse noone. We ask that you would show us how to live in harmony with everyone no matter their status without thinking we are somehow better than them. Lord may we rejoice in you, we want to always rejoice in you. In Jesus Name, Amen
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