"When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited.” (NIV)
These days are busy ones. Preparing for two weddings just six weeks apart keeps my feet and mind moving in many different directions!
This weekend I plan on completing the centerpieces for my son’s rehearsal dinner tables, and mailing invitations to a wedding shower brunch for him and his fiancé. Plans for food are already under way.
We just had a surprise wedding shower/family cookout for my daughter and her fiancé this past weekend. She had planned the cookout already, but we chose to convert it into a wedding shower - unknown to them.
When making out our invitation list for the first wedding (our son’s), we have done countless revisions! Who to add, who to drop. How far back into the family gene pool to send these invitations to…it can get costly and we have big families! They are feeding everyone after the wedding to boot. So, trying to keep the guest list feasible is a challenge when you throw in all the family friends.
You should hear us at times! “Well, if you invite this one you need to invite that one. Don’t send Joe Blow one because he’ll not be able to come anyway. But will he be upset if he doesn’t receive an invitation?” Back and forth we’ve been until I think we’re blue in the face, but about to arrive at some sort of agreement/conclusion. We’re all fearful of leaving someone out…we don’t want to miss anyone!
Our daughter is watching and listening, letting us “set the curve.” She’ll pick up the list and run with it for her wedding invitations a short time later.
The food is another biggie. Holy cow, prices have soared! My husband and I went price shopping two weekends ago. I now have this nice big list of possible food dishes/items to serve at the upcoming brunch and rehearsal dinner. How many ounces/pounds for this price vs that price. I am going for attractive, tasty, but e-a-s-y.
It’s a job and a half, let me tell you! There’ll be about 100 people at this brunch and near that at the rehearsal dinner. Oh, it’s fun, mind you. I want it to be memorable for both of my kids. But two getting married six weeks apart puts a screeching halt to what I can do for each of them independently. And I am dead set on equal shares…I get that from my husband’s side of the family.
Here I am, six weeks away from the first wedding and can already visualize the setting. It’ll be fall, so mums and pumpkins galore will decorate the reception hall. The smell of spiced cider will float through the air. There will be a crispness to the outdoor wedding that’ll make you want to cozy up to the one you love. And no, it will NOT rain that day. It just can’t!
The second wedding will be set in a Christmas theme with Christmas red dresses and ivory roses wrapped in baby’s breath and pearls. Gifts for the happy couple will be placed under a large Christmas tree in the foyer of the church. Soft Christmas music will play before the ceremony begins.
“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (NIV)
My daughter already has her dress. It’s beautiful and full of beadwork. It also has an eight foot train that my two nieces will help her with during her walk down the aisle and as she moves around during the ceremony.
I get to wear something sparkly to both weddings! I hunted for four days to find just the right color for my son’s wedding. I about kissed the floor of the store when I found it last week!
While busy, I am having a blast. I am going to enjoy and savor every last moment of these two weddings and their various events.
But you know what? I can’t help but think of the greatest wedding feast to come. This is just a foretaste of the pleasures and joy in what Jesus has in store for us when we sit at HIS table.
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” (NIV)
You see, Jesus is preparing a place. He is the Bridegroom and the Church is His Bride. He is coming again. Possibly sooner than we may believe. When He comes to claim His own, we will be served a wedding feast in Glory. Beauty we cannot fathom will be seen in every direction.
“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” (NIV)
We will even be served by the Savior Himself. He’s planning this event with you in mind. He wants you there. He invites you right here, right now. Will you have a place reserved just for you? Will you be seated at the Lamb’s table? Are you ready and looking forward to His feast?
“The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” (NIV)
The invitations have been sent. The food prepared. The day is coming. Will you be present? Don’t delay…He’s waiting to receive your response.