Greg and I had the privilege, thanks to Greg’s parents, to travel to Asheville, NC, on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the new year with a beautiful wedding! We were even able to stay the night there while the Bocks watched our kids. Poor Greg was feeling pretty sick that night, but he danced with me anyway!
The girl getting married was one of the girls in the high school small group I mentored about five years ago. A majority of the group was there that night–two of them bridesmaids–and it was amazing to see them again!
Mollie looked absolutely beautiful in her dress, and as I had just studied Revelation, I couldn’t help but think of these verses as she walked down the aisle to meet her groom: “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready. It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints” (19:7-8). I saw how perfect, how absolutely beautiful she looked and how that contrasted with how full of stains and ugliness our souls are, how we are clothed in rags without Christ (Isaiah 64:6), but how He is going to cover us with that beautiful wedding dress when we overcome (Revelation 3:5), and that we are already clothed with Christ (Galatians 3:27). It was such an overwhelming, moving picture when I saw Mollie stepping toward her groom, obviously completely in love with her–he couldn’t take his eyes off her all night–that Christ makes us His pure, spotless bride and that He loves us more than that groom obviously adored his bride.