Sunday, February 22, 2009

Bridegrooms and Brides

Revelation 19:7
"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."

We had a great opportunity yesterday to focus on something other than Tammy's illness, as we attended the wedding of two good friends, Brooke and Josh. We have known Brooke for about four years, as she works with Tammy. We've known Josh since he came into Brooke's life about a year ago. Every time we attend a wedding, it reminds us of our own wedding, and reminds us how blessed we are to have each other.

The wedding and reception were simple, yet very nice. We were privileged to be a part of the evening. The dinner was great and the dancing afterward was fun to watch (we didn't feel like wearing out Tammy any further).

It reminds us of the relationship we have with Jesus. Scripture (Revelation 21:9) reminds us that we (the church) are the bride of Christ. He loves us as a husband loves his wife, and He gave himself up for us. The wedding feast that awaits us after His returning will be like nothing we've ever experienced. The "marriage" will be a celebration to top anything we can imagine. But we must be patient to wait for His return. It will happen in His timing, not ours.

The same is true with Tammy's journey. We are anxious for the transplant to take place, because that starts the next step toward recovery. But we must be patient to wait for His timing. We do know that a match has agreed to be the donor, but we don't have confirmation on the date. We are moving forward as if it will be March 9, and we will continue to do so unless we find out that it won't happen then. It's in God's Hands. Please continue to pray that we will be content to wait on Him.


Brooke said...

I can't tell you how excited I was that you were able to attend the wedding and reception. It was such a treat to have the whole family there. I love you all and you are in my prayers.

Sue Neal said...

David and Tammy, David Lee and Julie,

Oh how awesome of a family you are! Your witness is tremendous to others. Thanks you for the strength you give to us. As I have been reading the update, many memories of our past have popped into my heart. I remember our traveles to Minnesota for Ian's evaluations and ours as parents. As you all went through our experiences with Ian, we are with you through Tammy's. God Bless each of you with the daily strength that is needed for each day.
We love you all,
The Neal's