Many of you know that Becky and I are on the road. Today we will be heading south through the Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains and then tomorrow west across Tennessee all the way to Memphis for our youngest daughter’s wedding on Saturday.
Some answers to frequently asked questions:
- Jonathan and Alanna have known each other for a little over two years.
- They were engaged this past summer and the question was popped at Turner Field in Atlanta (see photo).
- Jonathan is from Auburn, Alabama, and, yes, they are Auburn football fans. Wedding colors are blue and orange. (For those of you who do not follow college football, these are connected facts.)
- They are both faithful followers of Christ, and the wedding will be held at their church in Memphis.
- Per our family tradition, I am not officiating at the service. It will be a great joy to walk Alanna down the aisle and to sit with Becky during the ceremony.
- Our grandson Caleb will be a ring bearer and granddaughter Lena will be a flower girl.
- The mother of the bride will be beautiful.
- And, yes, we like Jonathan very much.
So, we will gather with family and friends for a few (too) short days. We will laugh and joke and cry and reminisce. It will be a wedding of the best kind, and for that we are thankful. We are thankful that in his time God has called Alanna and Jonathan together. We are thankful for their shared faith and their deep love for each other and for God. We are thankful that our youngest child is so happy.
In recent years, Psalm 16 has become especially significant for me. I love these lines from the fifth and sixth verses:
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
The lines have fallen in pleasant places. This is not our own doing; it is from God. In verse nine David adds:
Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices.
As we drive through Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia today and across Tennessee tomorrow, we go with glad hearts and our beings will rejoice. God is very good.
We won’t see you Sunday, but look forward to being home the following week.