Now that you are both here, the first thing that I want to say to you is what a fantastic way to celebrate your love! With the rising of the sun, and the beginning of a new day. And while today is not your beginning…For your story began in the halls, a few classrooms, even a trailer, of a high school Language Arts department. Or perhaps it began with whispers in your ears from friends and acquaintances, convinced that this was the right woman for you and this was the right man for you, even before you had met one another. In fact, I wonder how many in attendance this morning secretly are taking credit for what is happening right now.
But the choice of a marriage partner, says author Mike Mason, is one of the very freest choices we make as human beings. And if anything has been made clear to me, it is that you, Chad, have chosen Bethany. And you, Bethany, have chosen Chad.
So while today is not your beginning, today is the beginning of a new way of living. It is for you the dawn of newness.
Today is a beautiful day.
photo by Tec Petaja