Wedding Day

22 Oct

When pure and upright hearts, by flames of love ignited…”  Did you hear those lyrics on your wedding day.  Probably not, unless you had a wedding in an Apostolic Christian Church.  We did…almost 38 years ago.  I heard a song today that brought my mind to focus on another wedding day coming soon, “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me.  On that wedding day, Jesus will be united with His bride.  As all suffering ends, tears are wiped away, new bodies replace those crippled or maimed, fathers and families for the orphans…what will that day be like for the broken-hearted who have experienced the binding up of Jesus Christ.

We who know none of those adversities… what will that day be like for us.  Will we be awe-struck with the same level of intensity?  Do we anticipate the ecstatic joy to the same degree?  Does anticipation set the stage for appreciation?  When we experience the smile of an orphan who now has a home,…or the smile of a crippled child who has been given hope of normal walking,…or the smile of a child whose limbs have been loosened from adhesion scares resulting from burns…does the appreciation there, in those smiles, surpass the thankfulness in a smile of a child who has experienced none of these things?  Or is it all relative?   Will the lyrics of “I Can Only Imagine”, describe us all?

In case you have never heard it, the song lyrics go like this:  “Surrounded by your glory, what will my heart feel?  Will I dance before you Jesus, or in awe of you be still,  Will I stand in your presence, or to my knees will I fall?  Will I sing Hallelujah, Will I be able to speak at all?  I can only imagine.”  Yesterday, I did not have to imagine.  Going through the children’s ward at Cure Hospital we experienced those smiles.  We experienced those hands being held that would not let go.  Clinging to even a paltry showing of love.  Then, will we cling to Jesus?  I can only imagine, but it shares hope with my heart.

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