Saturday, I attended the very special wedding of my wife’s cousin’s son—which makes Corey, I’m told, my 1st cousin-in-law, once removed! Either way, he and his new bride Natalie put together a very memorable day for themselves, and their guests. And their ceremony began, not with a focus on the bride, but on the Bridegroom. Not the bridegroom COREY, mind you. The spotlight was on OUR Bridegroom—Jesus Christ!

The ceremony began with two classic praise songs: “Because He Lives” by Bill Gaither, and Dennis Jernigan’s “You Are My All in All.” It dawned on me that the last time I had sung “Because He Lives” in that church was at my father-in-law’s funeral. And as if THAT wasn’t enough to open my tear ducts…during the next song…the bride raised her bouquet to the sky in worship, rightly lifting Jesus above all else on her special day.

And it wouldn’t be the last time I’d reach for the Kleenex Saturday. There’s just something about the purity of two young people committing their lives to each other in a covenant relationship with Christ that gives me great hope. And in these last of days, hope is pretty hard to come by. Thank you, Corey and Natalie: I’ll be praying for you. Your marriage is off to a great start!