We were grateful to be able to take our daughters and travel to Maryland the day before and settle into a VRBO, a sprawling farmhouse with abundant antiques, artwork, and quilts. The house even had horses that came right up to the back fence. We fed the horses apples every morning we were there.
The wedding ceremony and reception were beautiful. It was a joy to be with many old friends and celebrate the covenant of Christian marriage and God's faithfulness to all the generations of our families.
I saw so impressed with our friends' churches. They rallied around the family and helped put on the ceremony and reception, providing all the volunteer labor, thus allowing the family to focus on the event and the young couple to get started in life without so much of a financial burden.
This made me think of the verse, "They will know we are Christians if we have love one for another." If I were not already a Christian, I would want what these people have.
Their churches are filled to bursting with all generations, young people, college students, couples with rows of children, pregnant women, and the aged, all speaking and laughing in community. What a testimony to their churches' obvious emphasis on honoring and supporting the family from start to finish.
This was one of the first wedding's where my husband and I were solidly in the grown-up generation. Our kids were among the young people literally filling the dance floor, but it was a joy to just watch them celebrate, though we did go out and dance for one song.