It’s June 19th, 2013, our 3 year wedding anniversary. My favorite thing about anniversaries is how they have a way of transporting you back to the day you’re remembering. Whether the memories are sweet and call for celebration, like a wedding anniversary, or sad, like the day a loved one passed away, we can’t ignore anniversaries. We absolutely cannot ignore them because, well, that date will forever be engrained in our hearts. For me, June 19th, 2010 was more than just our wedding day in the sense that most people think of it. It wasn’t just a party to celebrate our love or the day we would sign a piece of paper agreeing to a legal marriage.
It started with the song we chose to walk down the aisle to, You’re Beautiful, by Phil Wickham. You walked, holding tightly to your “mama”, to the words:
I see Your face in every sunrise
The colors of the morning are inside Your eyes
The world awakens in the light of the day
I look up to the sky and say
I imagine that many of the guests hadn’t heard this song, and therefore assumed it was a love song from you and I to one another. It is a love song, but not solely about you and me. As our wedding party began to proceed down the aisle, first your two brothers and then our friends who had been by our sides through childood and college, the words of the song began to speak about what kind of wedding this would be.
I see Your power in the moonlit night
Where planets are in motion and galaxies are bright
We are amazed in the light of the stars
It’s all proclaiming who You are
This was the moment I entered the foyer of the chapel, waiting to walk down that aisle to see you for the first time on our wedding day. I looked at the line of wedding party who were waiting to walk down and there they were, lined up like 7 little ducklings, my siblings, Matt + Ashley, Rachel + Stephen, Josh, and Carrie, and of course, sweet Bella Cate. The words continued to fill the chapel as each of them left my sight.
I see You there hanging on a tree
You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
Now You are sitting on Your heavenly throne
Soon we will be coming home
Tears filled my eyes as I thought about what these next few moments would mean for us. Then I was my turn.
When we arrive at eternity’s shore
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and we’ll sing
I will never forget the moment those chapel doors swung open, how the music filled the air, and how you were crying! Crying! You never cry. It was the sweetest moment.
The ceremony started with worship lead by my brothers. We sang “Unchanging” to celebrate how faithful God had been to bring us to that place. I loved hearing your voice (tone-deaf or not) sing the words, “Great is Your faithfulness.” Then my dad spoke about marriage.
One of the best gifts I have ever received was his notes from our wedding ceremony. I love remembering what he said based on his notes. He charged us to Encourage one another each and every day, to play together and enjoy each other, and finally, to pray together.
I loved our wedding day. It wasn’t about the party. It wasn’t about the food. It wasn’t even about you and me as much as it was about our Father. It was the day that we would make a commitment to God and one another to love and serve Him together, to be faithful to one another, and to seek Him first. Those sweet moments were some of the best of my life.
Thank you for the last 3 years, for being my sweet, loving, faithful husband. I already told you 30 reasons why I love you, and I could come up with a thousand more.
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