We have a new princess. She and her prince born husband have new royal titles. Their wedding was spectacular. They have the world at their disposal. It’s the wedding of the year.
The wedding was paid for by the royal family. No expense was spared. Beautiful flowers. 2 designer gowns. A borrowed tiara. Military uniform. Molded gold rings. Wedding feast. Rolls Royce chauffeur. A blue Jaguar. Celebrity guest list.
Oh. There were complications. Paparazzi. Stories of half-siblings wanting more attention than they deserved. Uncertainty swirling around the father of the bride. American actress. Biracial marriage. Previous divorce.
She gave up her career. She left her home country. She took his name. She accepted his ring. Diamonds from his mother’s collection. She became his. And he is hers. She moved from a common life to become royalty. All because of love.
Stand by me. This little light of mine. Ave Maria. Beautiful music that covered different backgrounds and beliefs. The sermon spoke of committed lifelong love.
Oh. I have been a bride. Dressed in white. On the arm of my father. Bouquet in hand. Veil covered face. I walked down the aisle to my beloved. I said the vows. I wore the ring. I shared the kiss.
I pledged my love. My faithfulness. My life. To him. For better. For worse. For richer. For poorer. In sickness. In health. For as long as we both shall live. Till death us do part.
He stood there waiting for me. Waiting to take the hand of the woman who said yes to his request to be his wife. I gladly accepted the proposal. I happily placed my hand in his. I am his and he is mine.
I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. Song of Solomon 6:3
I think of another wedding. Oh. It will be royal. One of epic proportion. I will again be the bride. My bridegroom is waiting for me. I know he loves me. He’s given life to me. He’s sacrificed for me.
He is the lover of my soul. Oh. He has wooed me. He works for me. But he paid the price for my sins. He gave his life for me. So I could be his bride. That was his purpose. He chose me. He wants me as his own.
I’ve accepted his proposal. We are betrothed. I want to share his name. I choose to be his bride. For eternity. Oh. I’ve let him down. I’ve failed him. I don’t always live up to his standards. But he still chooses me. He keeps calling me to come closer.
My bridegroom has a name. He is Jesus Christ. We will have a magnificent wedding feast. He will sit at the right hand of his father. He will welcome me home.
Oh. I won’t be the only bride at this wedding. There will be many brides. Anyone who has accepted his proposal will be called bride. You see. At this wedding, the focus will be on the bridegroom. Not on the bride. The bridegroom asks for the hand of each of us. We must accept or be left out. He wants us as his very own. He’s chosen us. We’re handpicked for royalty.