Sunday, September 18, 2011
There was something special about this wedding...Yes, it was beautiful...the flowers were unbelievable..(Alex and Diane are floral designers!) There were special, unique touches throughout the whole evening..but that isn't what made this wedding so special.
It was this couple. They grew up alongside of each other at the same Church. Their first kiss was on the evening that Josh asked Alex to marry him. The purity and commitment to each other is so evident...so rare these days. Their relationship from day one has been centered on their faith...on their shared love for Jesus Christ.
This couple is unique in so many ways. Their wedding was so amazing...so filled with all the right things...faith, hope and love. And I am so honored to know them. I can't wait to see where God leads them in their future together. It is going to be as beautiful as their wedding day....
And then on Saturday, we were thrilled to attend another wedding. We met Sarah five years ago, when she came to our home to help us care for Elijah's medical needs. We didn't know a thing about her before she showed up that day and she knew only that we had a son with a rare syndrome in need of some nursing care. Quickly, we learned of her precious testimony of God's faithfulness in her life. After graduating from Bethel University in Nursing, she spent several years working in the Philippines as a nurse in an orphanage. She made an impression on us from that first day we met.
For 5 years, she has worked in our home. She has cared for Elijah as if he was her own. Sarah and Elijah share a special relationship. Not only because they have spent a lot of time together, in good times and in bad...but also because before she was a nurse, she was a patient. At the same age as Elijah is now, Sarah faced leukemia that brought her and her family through years of hospitalizations and treatments. God has created a special place in her heart for kids who face incredible medical challenges. She is like family to us...and we would not have missed her wedding for the world. I can not help but smile when I think of her new husband. He is perfect for her...it is so evident..a rarity to see two people that you know without a doubt that were clearly made for each other.
Their wedding was as unique as the two of them as well...very different than the wedding the evening before..but just as uniquely beautiful and touching. There was such a warm tenderness at this wedding...two servants of Christ coming together...and there was an excitement in the room as their loved ones took time to imagine how God will magnify their ministry as the two of them join forces in marriage. Greg and Sarah serve the Lord in everything they do. They have servants' hearts and they share a desire to place their lives fully in God's hands. Every second of their wedding shared their testimony...and their love for each other.
Greg and Sarah stopped by the hospital to visit Elijah before they left on their honeymoon. My heart that was swelling with joy as we were able to witness the amazing love between these two and their heavenly Father, also ached as we sat at the wedding without Elijah by our side. But, Greg and Sarah took the time on a weekend that could have been just about them to share it with a little boy who loves both of them so dearly. I am so thankful for them in our lives...we have been truly blessed by both of them.
Of course, Elijah does think that Greg lives in the zoo...it's a long story but it is so funny every time he says it...we haven't bothered to correct him...sorry Greg..guess you are officially part of the family.
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