What God has joined
Last night our older son, also Tim, and his bride Carly spoke those solemn vows and entered “the bond and covenant of marriage.”
I could gush on and on about wonderful details, but this is Stand Firm and that’s just too sweet for us. But sweet it was. Bishop John Tarrant officiated so I was able to be dad instead of “Father Tim,” thanks be to God.
So a couple of pictures from the reception (I don’t do pictures during liturgy),
Two of Tim’s groomsmen were United States Marines, in dress uniform. One lent Tim a ceremonial sabre to cut the cake. Carly observed a safe distance and it was a glorious moment. Take that, Top Chef.
Later, Tim and his Mom shared a dance, of which I took several blurry pictures. But I at least like the way they’re both looking out the window in this one. Looking to the future that we’ve helped point toward and into which Tim and Carly now step together.
I remember an old priest with whom I served decades ago, who at baptisms reminded parents that they were relinquishing claims to control their child’s destiny, handing that over to God. The marriage brought that to mind, as Bishop Tarrant charged Tim and Carly to recognize their marriage as God’s new possession and to treat it with due honor. All of these precious points in life, for Christians, look out toward a future that’s not quite in focus, but which toward which we travel “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
Melissa and I wish we could share some of the good wine with all of you, but, failing that, we ask you to join us in thanksgiving and prayer for Tim and Carly Fountain.
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