Weddings make me cry. To be fair, Hallmark commercials also make me cry. However, there is just something about a love story. I don’t have to know the bride and groom well, or even at all! Watching as the next chapter of a couple’s story unfolds is beautiful; sharing the moment they publicly vow to faithfully love each other forever really chokes me up. My husband and I recently celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary. I remember that day so clearly; dressed in my flowing white gown, a nervous bride looking into my beloved’s eyes ready to say, “I do!”
Sometimes we hear the Church referred to as the bride of Christ and that is a little confusing. Not exactly a “Say Yes to the Dress” type of bride. How can the whole church made up of so many people be a bride? It is a breathtaking symbol that describes God’s relationship with us as a faithful, loving, committed groom. A perfect love, who would turn away?
I fail. I fall.
I take my eyes off my beloved Lord and distance myself from His love. Despite my waywardness, God remains faithful.
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23
Do I deserve it? Nope. Yet, I get another chance.
Regardless of our relationship status: single, married, divorced or widowed there is one who is always by our side. He is faithful, loving and devoted. It is a bit much to take in, to be honest. I love my husband with all my heart and could not imagine my life without him, but even the depth and fierceness of that love can’t compare to God’s love for us.
For me…for you.
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
So we mess up. We ask forgiveness (again). We try to do better each time. Regardless of our failings, God welcomes us back, forgives us, and loves us. Now that is a love story!
With love, Debbie