Not long ago I wrote about how I hated weddings. Well, I might need to update that a little. If all weddings could be like the one I just officiated, I might be a little more excited.
Yesterday (11-10-12) I had the honor to unite Alicia, my step-daughter, and Josh Westbrook in marriage. It was a fun, sweet, and beautiful ceremony which brought both laughter and tears. At one point, unlike most any other time, I was almost sad it was over (and then I remembered how much cleanup had to be done).
One moment that I will always remember was my opening statement…”Wuv, Twue Wuv…” Yes, I actually said it.
Even though a professional photographer was taking pictures, I got Katie to take a picture of just Alicia and me. I wanted to be able to remember standing next to such a beautiful bride.
Of course, all dads think their daughters are beautiful, right? This is no exception. However, I can truly say she got her looks from her mother, not me. If you see any resemblance between us, then it is only coincidental, because remember, she’s my step-daughter.
But even though Alicia may not have gotten any of her physical characteristics from me, there were some other characteristics she did inherit, and they were made known through her vows to Josh.
Instead of doing it the old-fashioned, traditional way, Alicia and Josh wrote their own vows (which made it easier on me). Josh actually said his by memory (or made them up as he went along, I don’t know), but Alicia had to read hers. She gave them to me to hold until her turn.
After Josh recited his vows, Alicia looked at me, which was my cue to give her the vows she had printed on piece of paper. Then, as she read those words, halted slightly by her tears, her relation to me became evident. The family resemblance was obvious. See if you can pick up on it.
I, Alicia, take you Josh, my best friend, to be my husband.
I give you this ring, my heart, and every part of me.
With it I vow to always: love, honor, respect, and cherish you forever.
I promise to always be open and honest, be there in good times and bad, and to be forever faithful.
I promise to always live first for our God and then for you as your helpmate as it is commanded in His Word.
I promise to always be your partner, your best friend, and your number one fan.
I promise to always listen to the words you speak, and listen even harder for the ones that you don’t.
I promise to embrace whatever changes life throws at us as it will only make us grow closer together.
I promise to always laugh with you, give you back scratches every night and to always give you those “madly in love kisses” no matter how old we are.
I promise all of this to you in front of God and these witnesses until death do us part because we WILL NOT FAIL!
A lot of promises are made at weddings. Many times those promises are broken, leaving hearts and lives in ruin. But marriages in which the couple puts God first, then loves each other with the sacrificial love He modeled in Christ, are far more likely to see those promises kept.
And when it comes to promises, I am thankful for this one: “Train up a child in the way [she] should go: and when [she] is old, [she] will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
I am very proud of you, Alicia.