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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)
TITLE: Waiting for my Savior's Wine
By Christina Shelley
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Fast forward to now... high schol's long gone (along with it's agonies and extasies) and college seems to have taken forever. The land of indecision always seems to beckon me, wanting me to stay awhille. I decided long ago to kiss dating goodbye and wait on God to bring that special man into my life... I'm still waiting.
A strange thing has happened to me whille on my journey as a single person. As a Christian, I've expected that little joy or celebration of marriage would take place in the world; but I had not expected the same attitude to exist in the church...
No man can provide what the Lord does: Check.
I've heard countless discussions about the freedom that singleness brings, and the blessings that come out of it. I've also heard many warnings about rushing into marriage, divorce "prevention" tips, and jokes dealing with marriage reality checks (sort of an "If I'd known then what I know now" approach).
So, why do people get married? Where's the celebration, the joy, the reward... the fun? Two weeks ago, I was in church and the teaching dealt with the wedding feast. My pastor discussed the gallons of wine Jesus created and the truth that the best wine had been saved till last. In the middle of his talk about Jesus refering to his mother as "woman", he pointed out that Jesus is in favor of parties, and celebrations, and marriage. "He likes to party and he likes to have fun," pastor said. I felt a tug at my heart strings and smiled... "The best is yet to come, I thought."
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